DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 135 Emerging Writers

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

Erica Tachoir is a writer, director, and actor based in Brooklyn. A graduate of the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Erica also studied film at FAMU in Prague, acting at Atlantic Theater Company, and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Her screenplay SCATTERING JAKE was an Academy Nicholl Quarterfinalist, a Final Draft Big Break and PAGE Award Finalist, and a WeScreenplay and Table Read My Screenplay Austin winner. Her short film TOO SUNNY FOR SANTA (starring Natalia Dyer from Stranger Things) screened at festivals across the country from Newport Beach to Nashville and garnered awards from AmericanLife TV and the Russell Hexter Filmmaking Fund, among others. With her comedy writing partner Corinne Caputo, she co-wrote and starred in the web series LIFE, AFTER, a...
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Susan is an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker.  She has written and directed two features and several short films.  Her feature directorial debut, THE MO of MI played in over 30 independent film festivals across the country and abroad before it was acquired and distributed by Ardustry Home entertainment.   Her second feature film, CHANGING SPOTS was produced from her award-winning screenplay of the same name where it also found nationwide success on the festival circuit before distribution by Pet Projects Entertainment.  The film has recently been adapted into a novel.   Midwest born and raised, Susan earned her film degree from the University of Texas in Austin.  She currently resides in Los Angeles, pursuing her passion of storytelling and working in television as a promo...
Vin Morreale, Jr. is an award-winning screenwriter, published author and internationally-produced playwright.  He was selected as one of The Blacklist’s Top TV Writers in THE BLACKLIST’S 2015 TV WRITERS STAFFING BOOK over thousands of other writers whose material is reviewed by the organization. Morreale has sold material to national TV shows, and has had a number of screenplays optioned, with two feature films produced to date. He wrote, directed and produced the low-budget romantic comedy BREAKING & ENTERING, which continues to hold the record for the largest screening premiere in the Southeast, with 2,619 ticketholders and an $18,550.00 box office for a single showing at the historic Palace Theater. Vin Morreale, Jr. was awarded the prestigious Al Smith Writing Fellowship, and his numerous...
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Julia Skikavich is an award-winning screenwriter, online producer, editor and journalist. Her TV pilots, MISSING PIECES and SURVIVORS: B.S., have won and placed in several contests, including the Austin Film Festival, Final Draft's Big Break, WeScreenplay, and Screencraft. Her screenwriting has been hailed for its women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues, centred on wholly relevant discussions.  Julia holds degrees in screenwriting, journalism and political science, and is trained in script continuity and supervision. She has worked on a variety of news programs, factual entertainment and reality series. Journalistically, she has held positions as a senior news writer and associate producer in digital programming. Her work has appeared in Canada, the United States and Australia in print as...
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My name is Sam Thompson, and god damn, I love writing movies. Anything from short films, to features, if it can be filmed it can be written! SO, I guess you're reading this because you want to know more about me, right? Awesome! Well, strap in, and get ready for the unofficial weirdest Bio on this website. Originally hailing from  New Jersey (And to answer your question, no, I don't gym tan and laundry, bruh), I moved to West Virginia to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism, where I discovered the school's film club. After pitching them a script idea in the first meeting I ever went to, the group loved it, and quickly produced it. After getting a taste of what it was like to see my words come to life, I was hooked. That was in 2014. Since then, I have interned at the Sundance Film festival twice, the Cannes...
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  Laurie Weltz's debut film, WRESTLING WITH ALLIGATORS, premiered at Sundance, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and went on to play many other festivals, winning awards at several.  Alligators starred Joely Richardson, Aleksa Palladino, Claire Bloom, Adrienne Shelly, Sam Trammel, and Jay O. Sanders and was released theatrically and on video and television. Laurie’s  second feature film, ABOUT SCOUT aka SCOUT, based on her award winning script was released in 2016 both theatrically and on VOD and DVD after a successful festival run. The film stars India Ennenga, Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover, Jane Seymour, Nikki Reed and James Frecheville. Laurie has written three other optioned feature scripts: THE NIGHT SWIMMER currently in development, WATERMOON, a ghostly thriller, and MONKEY...
www.rumhouse.net   for  detailed information on M B's  catalog of award winning content.   Dubbed the 'King of Cry' for his strong dramatic scenes, M B  is a produced writer whose scripts have been requested by executives with 20th Century Fox, Sony Entertainment Pictures and personally requested by Academy Award Winning Actor Jeff Bridges.  "Mr. Sieve's first ever screenplay 'Rum House' was 1 of 3 feature script winners of our festival contest of over 1100 submissions. 'Rum House' was easily the best screenplay out of the three and perhaps one of the best written scripts we have ever performed at our festival event. Michael is definitely a writer on the rise and a true talent." -Matthew Toffolo, Festival Director,. Over 60 Film Writing Awards including Grand Prize for Best...
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Stephen Siegel has a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he also taught Screenwriting and Television Writing for nine years.  He is a lifetime member of the Writers’ Guild of America. His screenplay, “The Man Who Killed Sherlock Holmes,” was personally optioned by actor Sean Connery, with whom he worked on revisions.  It won First Place in the Action/Adventure category of FADE IN magazine’s annual screenwriting contest and was a recent finalist in the WeScreenplay competition. Stephen co-wrote a miniseries for CBS titled "Guilty Hearts," which starred Marcia Gay Harden, Treat Williams and Olympia Dukakis; it is now broadcast regularly on the Lifetime network.  He was hired by producer Dawn Steel to write the screenplay...
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BIO   Anthony Smith is a musician, educator and author, who has performed throughout the U.S. and also in Europe, Asia and South America. Anthony has published two books; most recently "Masters of the VIbes," which features conversations with the world's greatest living jazz vibraphonists. Anthony also has released many recordings, and his double CD titled "Play It Forward" made it into Billboard's Top Twenty jazz albums.     Anthony has given lectures and conducted workshops on both coasts, and also in Germany and Italy. He currently serves on the music faculty at San Diego State University, where he teaches piano, jazz percussion and composition.    Anthony has written several complete feature screenplays, a musical, and a dramatic two-act play based on the life and music of...
Adam Fidler was born in Queens, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles. He grew up loving the films of Darabont, Scorsese, Tarantino, and the Coen Brothers. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the AFI, where he studied under Oscar-winning writers and learned to master his craft. He also carries a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. His first script out of school won him the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship. 

Erik Adolphson

Erik Adolphson has been a thousand things. He has been a deck hand aboard a clipper ship, raced camels across the Sahara, summited mountain peaks, flown a Russian fighter jet, saved a life, lost and found love, been in a couple of fights and even won one, but all he ever really wanted to do was tell stories. A writer and film lover from a young age, Erik created an independent films studies course at his high school, a course still offered to students today. In college, he wrote and directed his first short film, the award winning Mourning Toast, which would be featured on the PBS program Independent Lens. After moving to Los Angeles, Erik found work in unscripted television as a Story Producer, his goal was still the same, find and tell a good story.  His work would lead...
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David Baugnon is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. His feature screenplay “Trip” finished in the Top 50 of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the International Screenwriters' Association’s announced David as one of the Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2018. His hour-long pilot, “The Messiah Project”, won the International Screenwriters' Association Fast Track Fellowship in 2015 and numerous awards, including Silver at the Page International Screenwriting Awards and Showtime's Tony Cox Television Pilot Competition at the Nantucket Film Festival. His directing credits include the award-winning feature documentary “Art in the Face of War” (available on Amazon and iTunes) and the short documentary “Matisyahu”, which screened in...
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Edward Klau is a screenwriter specializing is infusing high-concept clockwork thrillers with relatable three-dimensional characters. His screenplay BRIGHTS won the 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest and was read at Park City during The Sundance Film Festival. In that same competition, his script INVISIBLE SCARS was also in the Top Ten and a third, CRIMINAL ELEMENT, advanced to the Semi-Finals. Since then, the ISA name has raised his profile in the industry, garnering meetings with top production companies. Recently, Klau wrote and directed the short BLINDERS, an elegant, stylish Hitchcockian throwback in the vein of DIAL M FOR MURDER and WAIT UNTIL DARK. 
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  Actor/Director/Producer/Writer James has been Artistic Director of Unrestricted View, the resident company at The Hen & Chickens Theatre in London, since 1999 (https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/). He is also Festival Director of both the Unrestricted View Film Festival & the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival (https://www.uvff.co.uk ). James has worked extensively as an actor. His film credits include: PEACOCK SEASON (2011), THE TRAP (2015), THE MONSTER  (2015), SILENT COUNTRY (2016) & THE MAN YOU’RE NOT (2017). TV credits include: MESSIAH (BBC), 20 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 30 (C4) & LIVE AT THE ELECTRIC (BBC). Theatre credits include: LES MISERABLES (West End), WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND (West End), THE CANTERBURY TALES (West End), RAIN DOGS (West End), LOCK UP YOUR...
Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen is a songwriter turned screenwriter. As the daughter of an American author and South African mother who created South Africa’s first TV talk show, it was this backdrop where Lindiwe learned the power of words, media, and the arts, to share stories that impact our world. “Growing up as a latchkey kid in a white neighborhood, television was my most supportive parent imaginable. Seeing people that looked like me, made me feel seen, heard and understood,” explains Lindiwe. Her characters are the freaks that fight to break stigmas, the outcasts that show their human spirit rise up time and time again, and the rebels that stand up against social norms of society.  Her first short film, Desmond’s Not Here Anymore,...
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I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2014 with a degree in Film and New Media. During my time in school, I earned the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences internship in the comedy writing department where I got to work in the writers' room of the Nickelodeon show "Instant Mom." After that, my short film, "Applesauce," won The Audience Choice Last Laugh award at Seattle's NFFTY Film Festival, the largest youth festival in the world. After graduation, I was an adjunct professor in the screenwriting department at the University and eventually made the move out to LA where I've been working on various television, sketch and short film scripts. In January I was selected to have a live table read at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival through the Table Read My Screenplay...
Chris Courtney Martin hails from Philadelphia, where she was introduced to her craft. In high school, she placed in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights competition three years out of four. After receiving the prestigious Liberty scholarship, Martin started Drexel University's Screenwriting & Playwriting program, where she switched gears to focus on screenwriting. Martin graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Drexel's SCRP program, as well as minors in Film & Video and Art History. She has since won/placed in several screenwriting competitions (including Urbanworld and Emerging Screenwriters) and received promotion via the 2018 Young & Hungry List, 2018 Bitch List and ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019. Though she is known for her work in Horror/Thriller, Martin's body of work explores an...
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Bob's feature thriller, SMUGGLING IN SUBURBIA, has been filmed and will air on Lifetime Channel this year. Ingraham has been a semifinalist (top 5%) twice in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship — with a Las Vegas crime thriller, JACK OF HEARTS (aka POKER FACE), and a twisty heist film, POSSUM. Ingraham’s scripts have also placed in the Chesterfield, Scriptapalooza and Project Greenlight competitions. His TV pilot serial crime drama, ALIBI MAN, placed in the top 75 of the Tracking Board Launchpad TV Pilot contest. Ingraham is just wrapping up a new, female-driven crime thriller feature spec, FEARLESS. One of Bob's feature scripts, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, was produced and aired as a radio play by a California NPR station. One of his shorts, THE DINNER PARTY, was filmed on 35mm for the festival circuit....
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Annika was born and raised in former East - Germany. After her B.F.A. in Theater History and Directing at Bayreuth University in Germany, Annika received a Fulbright scholarship for Indiana University, Bloomington and then completed her education with a Masters in Film Directing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.   She started working as part of the crew in various positions from P.A. to the camera department on productions such as ‘Savannah’,  Don’t trust the B-‘ and ‘Chasing Life’ before becoming an actor herself.   She has been in 'Mob City', 'The Originals', 'Expendable Assets', ‘Hindsight’, ‘NCIS New Orleans’, ‘Jungle Cruise’ and ‘Counterpart’, among...
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