DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 164 Emerging Writers

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

As a former programmer with a bit of training in A.I., award-winning screenwriter John Dummer has given much thought to what comes next for the human species, a question he explores in his most recent screenplay, the Sci-Fi/Horror tale FORGET-ME-NOTS. The script took the top prize at Page International, Stage 32, StoryPros and the Fade In Awards.  His previous screenplay, THE MOONBEAM FISHERMAN, a two-time Nicholl top 30 script, has won competitions in the categories of Family, Drama, Sci-Fi and Inspirational. John studied screenwriting at USC and Chicago’s Columbia College, and sketch writing at the Second City Training Center.  Under the pen name Alexander Jenny, John co-produced and wrote the lyrics for the children’s album “On The Loose Dreams,” winner of a Parents’...
I’m a gay British writer who splits his time between New York, London and LA.  I have a rich heritage in story-telling and an obsession with humankind and her follies.  My passion is for relationship and family comedy-drama, particularly those with an ensemble. I love creating well rounded diverse / LGBTQ characters and strong female leads.  I’ve spent the past four years living in NYC, but am now currently based back in London, with my partner of 13 years.  Covid-era aside, I freely and regularly travel across Europe and the States through my other work as a fashion film director (a fantastic gig that shows me the world and heavily influences my writing).  I trained as a documentary maker in the 00's, but I’ve been writing screenplays since 2012 and now have a solid...
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What happens when a Gym Teacher working in special education has a great idea for a movie? This is how Richard Giarraffa became inspired and found a new passion for writing character-driven screenplays. After earning several quarter-finalist honors and nominations for his work, Richard enrolled in several writing classes, and from 2019-2020 he had the privilege of attending Jessica Hinds, Meditative Screenwriting Master Class. Recently, Richard's spec script MAGI received high praise from ISA's marketing evaluation, which earned him a deal memo and a place on ISA's Development Slate.
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...
    Denise Meyers is the inaugural recipient of a 2019 Sloan Foundation Development Grant  in partnership with the Athena Film Festival for her work on LUCKY 13, based on the true story of the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots and the significant role they played in salvaging the B-26 Marauder from the scrap heap prior to the Normandy Invasion. LUCKY 13 was selected for a development grant for the 2020 Stowe Sidewalk Lab, was a Finalist for the 2020 Screencraft Fellowship, landed in the Next 100 for the Nicholl Fellowships in 2019 and was shortlisted for The Writers Lab that same year. An Athena List winner and the winner of the Atlanta Film Festival screenplay competition, Meyers was one of nine screenwriters invited to participate in the New York Stage and Filmmakers Workshop at the Powerhouse...
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Cory Soukup

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...
Julia Skikavich is an award-winning screenwriter and journalist. Her TV pilots, SURVIVORS: B.S., MISSING PIECES and SOURDOUGHS, have won and placed in several contests, including the Austin Film Festival, Final Draft's Big Break, WeScreenplay, and Screencraft.
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STATON RABIN is an optioned screenwriter and YA novelist with a global audience.  She finds remarkable true stories about famous people-- blends them with a lot of heart, a little magic, and a dash of comedy-- and creates warm, funny, poignant movies about relatable human beings. When the world is spinning out of control, her stories give us something to hang onto: what sustains us is love of family and friends, and our courage.  If you miss seeing movies that take you on an adventure, make you laugh, cry and root for the hero, and remind you life is worth living, you've come to the right place. As Austin Film Festival's report said of "Saving Mark Twain": "As you can tell, I loved this script. It’s the last script I’m reading for the festival this year, and it’s comfortably my favorite....
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...
I've always had a witty mouth. In fact, my mother told me my mouth was too smart for my own good. As a child of six--and the youngest girl, I always had to make my siblings laugh to get out of trouble. Growing up, my sisters used to play "Casper" games with me, pretending I wasn't in the room, when I was right next to them. I would say jokes, and they would have no choice but to laugh, acknowledging I was actually in the room. Unknowingly, comedy has been engrained in me. I write comedy to not only make people laugh, but make people realize that there is POWER in words and how we speak to each other.  As a black woman, I've learned that we have used comedy to heal us through times of despair. As a comedy writer, my mission is to shed a positive light on our community. I also have a love for dramas, as...
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Desa Larkin-Boutté is a television and feature screenplay writer based in Los Angeles, California.  Her body of work is varied, though united through highlighting under-serviced themes or communities.  Whether it be race and identity (Zora & Zizi), the love and heartache of a senior living facility (The Old & the Restless), or depression in the black community (How to Be), Desa’s mission is to start a conversation through the stories she tells. In addition, Desa also specializes in adaptation.  From a feminist twist on 1001 Nights (Arabian Days), a little known gothic thriller from Louisa May Alcott (A Long Fatal Love Chase), to a Creole twist on a favored fairy tale (The Red Shoes), the stories she chooses to adapt all feature women fighting against insurmountable odds. Born in...
Wendy Wilkins is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and comedian just named one of ISA’s Top-25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019.   Hailing from the rural area of upstate New York, Wendy has lived and worked in Hollywood for over 25 years.  She’s been a Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop Participant, an ABC/Disney Writing Program Finalist, a Final Draft’s Big Break Contest Top-10 Finalist, a Women In Film: NY/Meryl Streep Writers Lab Finalistand a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounderalong with 40 other competition placements and awards.     In 2018, her original dramatic/sci-fi TV pilot script HOMETOWN won the ISA Fast Track VI Fellowshipand the Space & Time Film Festival’s screenplay...
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Lisa is a feature writer focusing on horrors and thrillers with supernatural and psychological themes. Coverfly writes in their endorsement, "Lisa has a tremendous command of tone and setting with stellar feature samples of the mindf*ck variety."  She received the Final Draft Fellowship for Stowe StoryLabs 2020. On The Bitchlist 2020. A finalist for: Blacklist Labs, Cassian Elwes Sundance Fellowship, Cinestory Fellowship, ISA Fellowship for Stowe Story Labs, and recently a finalist (second time) for Screencraft Fellowship. She’s been heavily involved in the supernatural her whole life, growing up poor in the Midwest in a haunted house. She currently resides in Monterey, California. 
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Bob's feature thriller, SMUGGLING IN SUBURBIA, has been filmed and will air on Lifetime Channel this year. Based on the success of the first project, Ingraham was hired to write another for the same production company, also intended for Lifetime Channel. 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...
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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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Marni is a screenwriter and technical advisor who specializes in features and television series with academic and ethical themes.  Her genres include grounded sci-fi, dark fantasy and thrillers.  She holds degrees in neuroscience and anthropology with graduate studies in cognitive neurobiology.  This year, a short film she co-wrote, "Sang del Drac," won Best Short Film at the 2020 Cannes-Short Film Festival and she was invited to the Stowe Story Labs for one of her features.  She also won the Grand Prize in the ISA Table Read My Screenplay competition in 2017 for her feature, SYVERTSEN’S COMPLEX.  The same script was a Nicholl semifinalist and ranked #14 on the Hot 100 List of the Capital Fund Screenplay Competition.
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David is an award-winning screenwriter whose love for cinema started at the age of five, when he would recruit his identical twin brother to help him reenact his favorite movie scenes for their parents. David’s passion continued with theatre studies in high school, and he ultimately joined the Screen Actors Guild in 2009. After taking a creative writing course in college, David realized he wanted to be a screenwriter. Since then, he has completed nearly two dozen feature length screenplays and television pilots. In 2017, David was selected as an ISA Fast Track Fellow. He has also placed in several of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions, including the Academy Nicholl Fellowships (semi-finalist), Final Draft Big Break (finalist), Page Awards (category Top 20), ScreenCraft (finalist) and Tracking Board...
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Melody is currently story editor on the 22nd season of NBCUniversal’s SVU, and has been selected for the 2020 Sundance Episodic Lab’s new Idea to Pilot program. She started out in TV in early 2020 as staff writer on the second season of the CW Network series Two Sentence Horror Stories for which she wrote two episodes. An episode she wrote for The Insiders, a new series headed by Greg Grunberg, was shot in July 2020 starring Wayne Brady, Kym Whitley, Sherri Shepherd and Jack Coleman, and will be on Twitch Channel. A 2019 HBO Access Writing Fellow, Melody was winner of the 2018 Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Urbanworld Film Festival with her dramatic feature script NORTHERN CROSS. Her horror TV pilot, SUNDOWN, has been a Finalist for several labs. Winner of the Tangerine Entertainment...
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Born in Germany, Zoe grew up in a mentally, physically and sexually abusive home, Zoe escaped through books to graduate from law school. At university, she was introduced to dominatrix and found she liked the life-style so much, she continued and eventually became the internationally sought out dominatrix, Domina Hera, resulting in the co-authoring of her biography, Lawyer by Day/Dominatrix by Night and host of TV show, Hera's School of Love.
Alex Sarrigeorgiou is an actor, writer, and filmmaker based in New York City. She's half Greek, half Romanian, and grew up in Athens, Greece. She studied drama at Vassar College, and her poems have appeared in *82 Review, Cactus Heart Press, Hypertrophic Literary, Fugue, and The Tishman Review. In 2017, Alex was Artist-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY. She was also named finalist for the Money for Women / Barbara Deming Memorial Fund in Poetry. More recently, Alex was selected as one of 30 poets for the 2019 Visible Poetry Project. In 2018, Alex wrote, produced and performed in CON SPIRITO, a short film inspired by the college years of poet Elizabeth Bishop. Alex's directorial debut short film GRIP premiered at the 2020 Lighthouse International Film Festival. Alex brings her love of poetry...