DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 153 Emerging Writers

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

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...
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 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 Screenplay at the...
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Pat Holden is an award-winning writer director with work shown at festivals around the world including Cannes and Berlin. He has several projects in development including feature animation GALAPAGOS and SCI-FI TV pilot HELIOS RISING for which he won the ISA FAST TRACK FELLOWSHIP 2017. His feature screenplay THE BEEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER was selected for the HAROLD GREENBERG FUND in 2017. Pat is a member of the WGC, WGGB, Directors UK and BAFTA.
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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,...
Shayna Weber is a screenwriter, producer and director who came on board ISA after starting a family and making the transition out of reality television and into film, recently producing Lunch Ladies, an award-winning short film and directing her first short film, VIF. Previously, Shayna worked as a producer of reality programming for network, cable and online channels for the hit shows, So You Think You Can Dance, RuPaul's Drag Race, Weakest Link and VH1’s Bands Reunited, among others. She is part of TwinBridges Screenwriting Salon.   
Bonnie Gross is a proud Ravenclaw, popcorn enthusiast, and avid watcher of every season of Survivor since it aired in 2000 (she may have even tried out for the show). She is a comedy television and sketch comedy writer/producer, who likes to tell the stories of strong and dynamic females. Her work is inspired from personal experiences, which she writes about in depth on her blog at www.bonniegross.blog. Bonnie hopes to change the conversation revolving around female health care and sexuality with her most recent script, “Lady Parts,” but also wants to push the boundaries of how we view young women in today’s society. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she decided to journey to the University of Alabama for her undergrad. Roll Tide! In June 2017, she bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles in...
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.   
Zoe Warncke grew up in Germany and became a lawyer in Düsseldorf. At the same time, she became one of the most exclusive dominatrix on the planet - Domina Hera. Her best-seller book release "Lawyer by Day/Dominatrix by Night" prompted her to host her own talk show, become a spokes person/model for various designers, and collaborate with other photographers, filmmakers and musicians.   She married filmmaker Michael L. Mizrahi and moved to New York City, where she currently lives with him and their Sphynx cats. Zoe is now working as an editor-at-large for an online fashion magazine, giving inspirational artistic counseling to artists, PR stories, photo productions etc.   Zoe is open to new experiences that feed her hunger for beauty.     One of Zoe's favorite quotes and tattoos -  "A...
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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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...
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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Movieguide $10,000 Kairos Prize winner and first-generation Norwegian-American Birgit Syran Myaard (pronounced BEERgit saRAN MYerd) has honed her craft since her debut screenplay garnered a finalist nod from Creative World Awards. Her second script received an Emerging Screenwriters Family Category win (8th overall) and her adaptation, from her own translation, of one of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's plays is in pre-production. When writing, Chicago-born Birgit draws on her heritage, experiences gained living half her life overseas (currently in Australia), aspects of her former work as a CIA biographical analyst, and explorations of US culture through the eyes of people she has met overseas. Currently, she is writing a biopic on a notable American.
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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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I spent a good part of my youth moving around the country. I’ve lived in Maryland, Florida, Texas, back to Maryland, Northern California, Illinois, and Finally Southern California (Los Angeles), where I’ve been for thirty-one years.  I grew up wanting to be a comic book artist/storyteller, or rock star (drummer). In my twenties, I dropped out of art school to pursue fame and fortune and convinced my bandmates to pack up their lives in Chicago and move with me to Los Angeles. I loved being on stage and performing. I loved the attention, but not the spotlight... I should probably seek professional help for that.  We came close, but in the end, it didn’t work out. The band broke up, and I was tired of being a poor musician - it’s no joke, I lived on Ramen and Mac and Cheese. Through a...
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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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Rob Burke got his start in the world of make believe as a drama major at Colorado College. He then went on to law school and became a partner in a law firm where he specialized in defending clients in catastrophic loss cases. Recently, however, he left the legal world behind in order to pursue his true passion - creative writing. As both a playwright and screenwriter, he has created works that have been seen on stages and festivals in the U.S., UK, and Dubai.
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I've been writing screenplays on and off since the 80s as a hobby.  I finished a 13-year position as a film rater on the MPAA ratings board, then started my own film ratings consulting company, Film Rating Advisors, to assist filmmakers with rating issues and make sure most of their film's content is not sacrificed by unnecessary edits before they take their official rating code.  And have been a Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone aficionado my entire life.   
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As a writer, I like to use my stories to explore strong themes in unique, layered worlds. I love to create the texture of an environment, and center my stories around a single character who is the embodiment of a fundamental human desire or flaw. I tend to write with a dark wit and strong sense of irony, and I truly enjoy writing for an ensemble of diverse characters. Some series that match my style of writing (and which I would be absolutely honored to work on) are: Fargo, Barry, Claws, Succession, Mindhunter, What We Do in the Shadows, and You, among others.  Here is a short bio about me:  Sonali Mehta holds an MA with honors in Screenwriting from MetFilm School in London, UK. While there, she wrote three festival-placing short films, and developed a TV pilot that...
MEG SWERTLOW is an award-winning screenwriter/director. A Los Angeles native, Meg studied theater at Hamilton College in Upstate New York, but post-college returned home to LA to perform comedy and train at iO West, UCB and Groundlings. After studying screenwriting at University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Meg left her decade-long career writing celebrity news to pursue her dreams of filmmaking in 2018. In the past year, her first horror screenplay, No Overnight Parking, won the 2020 Emerging Screenwriters’ Shoot Your Sizzle Grand Prize, was the Nightmares Film Festival Feature Screenplay Runner-up, FilmQuest Finalist, Women in Film’s Production Program Semifinalist, Filmmatic Horror Awards Finalist. An earlier draft of the script also got her into the 2018 Hedgebrook...
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After collecting degrees from Stanford and UC Riverside, Mr. Peters set out to fulfill his lifelong dream: to become a starving artist. He was immediately successful. As an actor, he burst onto the stage, then blazed his way into films, TV, and commercials. Inexplicably, he has spent a inordinate slice of his career on hiatus. As an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, he has had the privilege of seeing his plays performed on stages from coast to coast. Yet in a cruel twist of fate, his brilliant screenplays have languished for years in Option Hell, though in the words of the author, they “reek with promise.” He's won or placed in over 40 screenwriting contests (including the Nicholl, StoryPros, ScreenCraft, and BlueCat), has been selected for the BloodList, received numerous option offers, and...