DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 174 Emerging Writers

The ISA is proud to announce our current Development Slate. Writers are considered for the Slate by invitation only.

Bob Stromberg is the co-author of the hit play Triple Espresso  (a higly caffeinated comedy). It's  been seen by over 2 million people, over 25 years, in 80 cities from San Diego to the West End of London.  He also created the one-man show, That Wonder Boy, which won top honors  at the United Solo Theater Festival in NYC, the world's largest festival of it's kind.  In 2010 he met screenwriter Duane Kellogg  Jr. and the two have since spent months on Facetime creating their stories.  The partnership has been a great source of joy and inspiration.   
David Wappel is a Jersey-born, North Carolina-raised feature writer. Wappel's work will be featured in this year's HBO New York Latino Film Festival in the film Long Gone By for which he wrote the shooting script. He has also story consulted on a number of documentary projects, including Quest of the Muscle Nerd. Wappel's latest screenplay, The Last Farm, was a Semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival in the HUMANITAS Originals Category, and was also accepted to the Fall 2019 Stowe Story Lab as an Honorable Mention for the ISA Fellowship. Wappel's work often includes themes of sibling relationships, reluctant leadership, and private courage.  Non-screenwriting projects include the twitter handle @ScriptByShakes where Wappel translates famous movie lines into the Elizabethan tongue, as well as Lightning...
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The ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch in 2019. Steven, an optioned screenwriter, was born in London and has lived in the Netherlands, Curaçao, USA, Gibraltar and is now back in London.  In a past life he was a Cambridge scholar, a chartered accountant, a CFO and also an international bridge player.  Since becoming a screenwriter five years ago, he has been official selected on over 140 occasions and has over 30 wins.  He is currently steeling himself to becoming a drug user if and when Hollywood beckons.  He has already spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.   Steven is currently unrepresented.
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Ryan P. Shrime's screenplay, PLEASE DON'T DIE, ROGER BERMAN, just won 3rd place out of 2000 submissions in the Emerging Screenwriters Feature competition.Ryan has been acting, writing, and producing since he graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in Economics. Having made numerous appearances in film and television, he is a graduate of the three-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studio in New York, and has also studied at Berg Studios and the Lesly Kahn Studio in Los Angeles, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre both in New York and Los Angeles, with the Michael Checkhov Acting Studio in New York, the American Repertory Theater in Boston and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He co-wrote/created/executive produced the acclaimed web series, Bathroomies, produced The...
Jason M. Vaughn’s first screenplay, a romantic science-fiction drama now titled THE GREEN SEA, was a grand-prize winner in the 2012 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. It is being developed with Matthew G. Zamias of Picturesque Films. Jason’s psychological indie thriller, EXXIE, however, was most responsible for landing him on ISA’s Development Slate after ISA's own Max Timm read an early draft and loved it. Jason has since workshopped EXXIE with Gordy Hoffman (founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition). In between working on short scripts and other feature projects, SWAY being the one he's most excited about, Jason is also writing short fiction and personal creative non-fiction and reworking his literary science-fiction novel, CERULEAN.
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Born in London, UK, I grew up in Dublin, Ireland and Luxembourg. Today, home is Sydney, Australia with my wife and son. I grew up in a house of books and cinema. My earliest cinematic memory is Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris on BBC. Years later, after a stint in journalism (including two published non-fiction books) fiction drew me back, specifically screenwriting. After picking up awards for my (now, unfortunately prescient) dystopian feature, Disconn, I went on to work on more feature projects and am currently working on an ambitious TV project. My first literary love remains dystopian fiction -- not because of its gloom, but because of the glint of light, of hope, it forces us to find, to rescue, to preserve. It's these stories we need now, more than ever.In 2016, my sci-fi, Disconn won Fast Track Fellowship III. I...
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Beth is a novelist and screenwriter who's consistently drawn to thriller, horror, and crime. Her stories almost always center on complex female characters who are trying to exorcise that unshakable demon called the past. As a result, certain themes arise in her writing again and again -- issues surrounding control, power, trauma, and the need to be heard. She's also intrigued by the tension of shared space (hello, pandemic), and our innate need as humans to be constantly watching one another. Spying, snooping, voyeurism, you name it. Beth's writing is marked by sharp dialogue, elegant but simple narrative prose, and pages that turn swiftly. She tries to write the kind of films she wants to watch -- a slow but steady burn, filled with dread. Think MIDSOMMAR, THE INVISIBLE MAN, GONE GIRL or ZODIAC (actually...
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Steve Feld is a 7-time Emmy Award-winning producer/writer/director. His dramedy, "Take My Wife, Please" was awarded the Grand Prize in ISA's 2019 Emerging Screenwriters competition. His film, "40 Minutes Over Maui" was awarded Best Comedy Short in the 2019 Sunscreen Film Festival, Best of Fest in the 2019 Dam Short Film Festival and was a semi-finalist in the Fade-In Short Film/Short Script competition. It is an Official Selection for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. His marriage equality romantic comedy, "And Then, This Happened" has won several film festival awards including Best Screenplay at the 2018 Romance Film Festival and the 2018 LGBTQ Film Festival. His sitcom pilot, "Now What?" was a finalist for LiveRead/LA.  
Joann Buckley Collins is a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program (1995) and Northwestern University’s TV/Film Program (1993). After graduating from the Stark Program, I had a brief career as a Jr. Development Executive, while writing screenplays on the side. Then I turned my creative talents to the world of non-profits, and have spent the last 18 years writing advertising and marketing content for non-profit fundraising events, helping to raise millions for many amazing causes, while raising a family. Now, I’m looking for my own second act, revisiting the dreams I had when I was younger – to write films that will move people and make an impact. To view loglines for all 6 of my screenplays, please visit my website, www.joannbuckleycollins.com
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I am a forensic psychiatrist/law professor by day, aspiring (and contest-winning) screenwriter by night, author of a half a dozen books (historical novels to textbooks and apparently commercial enough to earn me guest shots on Oprah, Larry King, and the rest), two well received stage plays, a screenplay option (these last two brought me WGA membership) and countless articles – I suspect I am the only writer on this planet to have been published in both the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan magazine. Of late I have been occasional story consultant to the current Hawaii Five-O television series.
Mark Grisar was selected as an ISA top "25 Screenwriters To Watch" after his script CLEANING HOUSE won the Grand Prize in the London TRMS Competition! Prior to this victory, Mark's other scripts have won, placed, or showed in the most prestigious contests in the country. In one year, his comedy BAD RAP placed in 10 out of 12 major competitions including Austin FF (top 10), Script PIMP (top 10), Open Door (top 3), Slamdance (semi-finalist), Page (top 2%),  Nicholl (top 10%). He boasts that he is one of the few screenwriters who has won more than he has spent on contest entry fees. Grisar is especially proud of the 3 copies of Final Draft Software he won in one year.  Grisar has written five viable scripts (all contest favorites), has had many options -- US and abroad (most paying!) and has 3 sales contracts...
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M. Elizabeth Eller, or MLiz, is an award-winning Los Angeles based writer-director who originally hails from Seattle. Her independent web series, Manic Pixie Dream Wife, toured the world at multiple film and web festivals, winning awards for Best Local Series and Best Writing at the Seattle Web Fest, Dailymotion Best Series at Vancouver Web Fest, Best Webisode at LA Femme International Film Festival, and Best Lead Actor at Raindance Web Fest. It was also nominated for Best Writing at Raindance.   MLiz began her career in theatre, earning a BA in theatre arts and receiving recognition from The Kennedy Center for her play Stepping In. In addition to writing, she worked as a director and designer on many stage productions in her native city of Seattle. Since moving to LA, she has been working on several television...
Writing thrillers and action-adventure, David Keith Miller's 17 produced screenplays include WRITTEN IN BLOOD with Peter Coyote, TIME LAPSE with Roy Scheider and THE GLASS CAGE with Eric Roberts. He presently has a script in pre-production with Shane Walker and three others in development with Living Stone Productions (BE) and Kai Media Group UK Ltd.He has quarterfinaled in the Austin competition, placed in the top 50 in the Launch Pad competition, and won a mentorship with A-list scribe Andrew Baldwin. Mr. Miller has an MFA in Theater from Yale University and a Master Screenwriter certificate from ScreenwritingU. Mr. Miller has written for hire for MPCA, CineTel, American Film Partners and Living Stone (BE) and is experienced, flexible and resourceful on writing assignments. He has an MFA in Theater from Yale...
Phil Parker's writing assignments for directors and producers worldwide kick ass: CATSAWAY (animated family adventure) is in production with Image Nation Abu Dhabi. FORTE (live-action drama/adventure) raised additional funds in Italy based on a first draft. FLY GIRLS (period action/adventure) is going to market with a BAFTA-winning producer attached. KINDRED (sci-fi/action/adventure) signed shopping agreements with two producers. And his spec screenplay, THE THIRD BOMB (period action/adventure), won prizes at nine different competitions, placed as a Finalist in 12 others, and was optioned twice.  Phil seeks out adventure to inspire his writing. He has been lucky enough to ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad across Russia, scuba dive on shipwrecks in the Pacific, hike and swim through Australia's remote...
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Andrea George Turner realized that talent management wasn’t her calling after an A-list actor yelled at her for mispronouncing “Albany.” Instead, she turned to the creative side of the business, becoming an award-winning screenwriter. Her first screenplay, SAGE, won the Hopwood Award and Lawrence Kasdan Award at the University of Michigan. After finishing a YA novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP, she jumped back into screenwriting. Her most recent feature, THE RULE OF THIRDS, was a semifinalist in both The Black List/Women in Film Feature Residency and ISA’s 2021 Drama Competition, placed in the top 15% of the 2021 Nicholl Fellowship, and won the grand prize in the 2021 Creative Screenwriting’s Unique Voices Competition. All of this brought Andrea to the thrilling moment when she was invited...
Diane Lansing from dancer to actor, found natural creative progression through telling stories. Her award winning short plays were produced At the Electric Lodge in Venice California, claiming LA Weekly’s  “Pick of the Week.” The short film Out Of Her Element was developed from one of the plays and a new passion bloomed for her as a director and filmmaker. Presently at work on her fifth screenplay, Diane plans to direct a new short film (and eventually one of her feature scripts).  Diane had a fantastic experience directing The Perfect Date, followed by directing her first PSA for Women In Film. Creating and collaborating through film, are now her driving force.
Michael Graf, Writer/Director: Emmy Award winning commercial director, turned screenwriter, Michael Graf, was known in Advertising for his “actor first, artful storytelling” style of directing. Likewise, his character-centric, story-driven style of writing has been making waves around the world with recent screenplays, THE LAST INDIAN WAR and THROWING HAMMERS, winning awards and top honors at festivals in Paris, Park City, Los Angeles, New York, Nassau and Toronto. His first screenplay, WINTER OF FROZEN DREAMS, was produced for Lifetime network and stars Thora Birch and Dean Winters. His most screenplay, VENICE OF AMERICA, was juried into the Venice Film Festival in Italy, named to Capital Film Fund’s Hot 100 list, and is a Screencraft Top 10 Crime/Mystery screenplay. Graf's also just completed an...
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I’ve engaged four excellent editors over the years, and carefully evaluated contest feedback to polish my scripts to a level of professionalism. The Floating World (action/adventure/animation) has 14 Finalist finishes, Bison Man (Drama) was Grand Prize winner in the Cynosure and recently a finalist in the Page. The Last Santa, my latest, is a dramedy. I'm ready to see the stories on the big screen. Really, really ready. I'm sorry the sea adventure will be so expensive, but modern audiences will be fascinated with the phenomenal, echolocation universe of the whales. Big films require big screens. Prior to screenwriting I marketed Earth @ Sky, an internationally succesful, science radio program, and before that I taught secondary English and science.
Jack Matosian is an award-winning screenwriter, with writing credits for the Disney Channel, who is motivated by his desires to make people think and to make people laugh.  With his screenplays, Jack explores questions that he (and likely many others) have pondered over the years: “What if I woke up tomorrow with a great singing voice?”   “What if people lived forever, without having to worry about aging, getting sick or falling off a cliff?”  “What if a hockey team really did bring in a sumo wrestler to play goalie?”  Taking a thoughtful, humorous look at scenarios like these are the common elements across all of Jack’s feature screenplays, which include Ice Saki, named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Creative Screenwriting Contest and Evitable,...
Michael Goldenberg is a writer from the great city of Munster, Indiana (no, not like the cheese) who currently resides in Los Angeles, California.  He began his writing career with his partner, Carlos Gutierrez, scripting televison pilots which have been described as "cute" and "fun stuff" by his own mother. On his own, Michael graduated from the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program, and has in additon to his television output written the odd feature length screenplay here and there (THE LAST TWO JEWS IN AFGHANISTAN, BLACK STAR).  He has also spent two years writing and performing his own monthly live sketch comedy shows (which is a deeply embarrassing sentence to write) and was even a contestant on the 2020 season of America's Got Talent (Spoiler: he didn't win). He enjoys writing absurdist social...