DEVELOPMENT

SLATE

Presenting Our Selection of 169 Emerging Writers

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

    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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Victoria Lucia is a biracial television and feature screenplay writer hailing from the far-off land of Western Massachusetts. Victoria is interested in exploring “otherness” in her work. She enjoys writing about characters that wouldn’t typically be seen as leads. Victoria likes to explore underrepresented aspects of her identity in her writing. Her scripts often juxtapose reality with genre elements and surrealism.   
Josh Sorokach is a writer living in New York City. In 2015, Josh teamed with Abominable Pictures to turn his New York Television Festival-winning script Semi-Charmed Life into a TV pilot starring Ryan Hansen, Noël Wells, Illeana Douglas, Allan McLeod, and John Ennis. Last year, Josh's TV pilot, Clean Slate, won the 2018 Table Read My Screenplay competition. Josh has completed the advanced sketch writing program at the UCB Theatre, was hired to write a TV pilot for the production team behind 'Super Troopers', and has written numerous articles for Decider, Uproxx, Splitsider, Above Average, MTV, People's Choice, and Barnes & Noble.
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Linda's stories reflect her Boston roots and often showcase complex female characters in the messy throes of change. Raised among New England neighbors who resorted to murder, suicide and the actual assassination of her beloved black Lab, Luther, Linda admits turning to late-night window peeping to answer the burning question: Who the hell are these people? Linda now looks for answers in her screenplays, many of which feature elements of surf/neo-noir, crime/mystery and messy family dynamics. Her work is often peppered with a healthy dash of New England humor. Linda's TV pilot, BIG STICK, earned favorable feedback from the Black List: Given the procedural elements lurking in the backdrop of this pilot, even in its current draft, it warrants immediate attention from networks for series development. Refining...
Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted wrote and directed the indie thrillers “A Dangerous Defense”, "Killer Profile" and "Cheating Scandal" for MarVista Entertainment. Next, Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list. Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as...
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Escaped from the hick area of upstate New York, Wendy Jean Wilkins is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and comedian who been in Hollywood for over 28 years.  While kicking ass working on television sets, Wendy has 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 Finalist, twice an Austin Film Festival Second Rounder and in 2019, was named one of ISA’s Top-25 Screenwriters to Watch. She’s also placed or awarded in over 50 other writing competition.  Wendy’s hottest feature script is the road picture comedy WHERE THE MEN ARE, which won Best Comedy Screenplay at both the 2019 Creative Screenwriting Awards and the 2018...
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Greg Fortier is a comedy writer based in LA, originally from NYC. He takes pride in unearthing the humor, heart and honesty in all places, be it the humdrum of the daily grind in APARTMENT STORY (2018 "Best Short Script," Table Read My Screenplay: Hollywood), TODAY'S SPECIAL (2014 "Official Selection" NYTV Festival, SeriesFest, "Best Pilot" Hoboken Film Festival) or a slightly more dire, apocalyptic scenario in THE END TIMES (2019 comedy pilot semifinalist, Cinestory Fellowship). Growing up in New York, a city where countless stories are unfolding at all times, inspired his first feature script, TANDEM, the tale of a street artist and their imaginary friend (2018, optioned by Manhattan Productions). He relishes in the challenge of adopting perspectives far from his own, evidenced in REARRANGED, the true story of...
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A conqueror of fears, Travis has taken his acrophobia to the top of a 108-foot-tall Mayan temple, swam with sharks, hunted ghosts, and attended a mixer where he knew no one. Recently, Travis landed his sixth feature option in the last four years. He currently has projects in development with companies like Eclectic Pictures, Papa Octopus Productions, and Sixth Sense Productions. He lives in L.A., but calls Sheboygan, WI home.   Writing Experience 2020 – Ctrl+Alt+Return – In pre-production with Papa Octopus Productions (Badland) 2020 – Day of Reckoning – Optioned by Papa Octopus Productions (Any Bullet Will Do) 2020 – Bath: The First 43 – Feature Writing Assignment based on true events for Indie Producer 2020 – Distortion – Optioned by Eclectic Pictures...
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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’...
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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Emily is a writer, actress and producer. Emily's acting credits include Georgiana Reed in the Oscar nominated feature film 'Jane Eyre' to playing co-lead in feature film 'Sorority' opposite two BAFTA winning actresses. Emily has written and directed several of her our short films, the most recent being 'Beautified' which has won 26 awards including Best Script and Best Original Story. 
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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When I watch a movie or TV I like to be transported, to escape. My writing reflects that need to break from reality and to be a bit cheeky in the process. Ghosts, goddesses, demons and ethereal cats populate my magical worlds.  A bit about me, the person: I'm an American writer living in Oxford, England with my husband, two sons, and three cats. I've lived all over the world - in 6 countries outside of the US and 8 States. So far my favorite place is Florence, Italy with Cornwall, UK coming in at a close second. I was a theater major at Northwestern Univ and am full of Purple Pride! Now about writing: I started in 2008 when life circumstances forced me to stop acting & directing and find a new creative outlet. My sometimes writing partner and I thought it would be a good idea to write a sequel to 'Northern...
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Rachel is a Filipina-American, award-winning filmmaker/writer/actor, passionate about telling stories that truly matter. She is additionally an enthusiastic, queer, outspoken advocate for mental health education and destigmatization. Notably, she won a student Emmy at the 2013 College Television Awards, for her web series, The Sub Club. Her short films, Maple’s Tree and Bicultural, were official selections in quite a few film festivals around the world, including Outfest, BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+, and others. Recently, her TV scripts have advanced as finalists in the 2018 NBC Writers on the Verge program, a semi-finalist in the 2019 Sundance Episodic Lab and a finalist in the 2020 Sundance Makers Lab. Her feature film script for Violet, Violet won the Runner-Up award in...
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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...
Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I've always had a witty mouth. I'm not quite sure if growing up in the Big Apple has anything to do with it, but my mother constantly 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. 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. My witty mouth has attributed to my punch lines in dialogue. But I'm always constantly reminded that my comedy is not just designed to make people laugh, but make people realize that there is POWER in words and how we speak to each other.  My...
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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) is currently 8th on Coverfly.com's Red List with 14 Finalist finishes, Bison Man (Drama) was Grand Prize winner in the Cynosure and recently a finalist in the Page. Winter, 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.
I am a former journalist excited to launch a screenwriting career. In 2015, I was blessed to be one of the ISA's first mentees in its "Fast Track" program. I have written seven screenplays and a short film that I also produced. Called "The True Story of Hammond VanOchre and His Amazing Flying Steampig," the film was completed in the spring of 2016. In 2017, the film won the winter quarter award for best sci-fi/fantasy at the Southern Shorts Film Festival in Georgia. In 2019, I earned my MFA in screenwriting from DePaul University.
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Paige VanTassell likes to say that her scripts contain equal parts "heart and fart", and so far no one has stopped her. She writes absurdist, female-driven pilots, loves animation, and has been called a huge nerd more than once. She'd respond to these allegations, but is currently busy spending quarantine watching all of Star Trek in chronological order. Paige grew up in North Carolina but never adopted the term “y’all” because she wanted to be unique. In college, Paige thought her love for the show Scrubs meant she should pursue medicine. After seeing several patients die while shadowing an ER doctor, Paige decided she just liked sitcoms. Since then, Paige’s scripts have placed in many notable competitions: Top Three in Final Draft Big Break, Winner of Seriesfest Storytellers Initaitive, and...
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Neer Musa Shelter was a semi-finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, a Final Draft’s Big Break top 3 finalist, an Austin Film Festival finalist, a Page Award winner (and two-time finalist), a Monte Miller Award winner (finalist in two consecutive years), and many more. After growing up on ships and traveling around the world, Neer (of Egyptian-British descent) settled in Australia. He served in the military, became a 3rd Dan Black Belt in an ancient Korean martial art, and graduated from film school with a bachelor's degree. Following his studies, he gained years of experience in the industry, working on set and in post on; The Great Gatsby, The Wolverine, Gods of Egypt, Top of the Lake, Peter Rabbit 2, and many more.
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