Although 2017 was a troubling year for the world, it was a stellar year for Lily Mercer. Winning the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship with her pilot NO MORE HEROES literally launched her writing career. She went on to win Best Screenplay in the 2017 Vancouver Women in Film Festival with MY OLD MAN, which also became a Quarter-Finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship. In addition, her biographical pilot NELLIE BLY: Reporter-at-Large, advanced to the second round in the Austin Film Festival, and on January 8, 2018, Cinestory TV Fellowship announced that her latest project, THE BIG BLIND, made it to the Quarter-Finals.
Lily's herstory is full of high points as well: she attended the prestigious Playwrights Horizons Professional Theatre School in New York (for acting, directing, and playwriting) and began working extensively in the theatre as an actor, soon appearing in television and film. Quickly she added director and producer to her resume, solidifying her love of storytelling from every angle.
Later Lily founded a small professional theatre in Arizona, The Actors Repertory Theatre of Sedona (the A.R.T.S.), while working as an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University. At the A.R.T.S., Lily developed ground-breaking programs including the New Growth Play Series for emerging playwrights, and the A.R.T.S. Academy, for professional training.
Shortly thereafter Lily embraced her secret writing hobby, applied to NYU/Tisch, and graduated in 2012 with an MFA degree in Dramatic Writing, receiving the Charles Pupura Award for excellence. At Tisch, her first full-length play, “Before A Fall,” was one of five finalists for the NYU/Goldberg Award. Since then her plays have been produced in New York, Texas, and California, but in 2014 she focused her efforts on writing for television.
Lily continues to develop a TV series based on women left out or misrepresented in our histoy books, entitled LOST WOMEN OF AMERICAN HISTORY, and recently completed a new pilot, POCOHONTAS;THE OTHER STORY, as part of that series. In her spare time, Lily helms a female writer’s group, the Bechel Babes Writing Partners, and is busy planning their first showcase for March of 2018.