Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award
The Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship presented by the Toronto Screenwriting Conference is a mentorship and bursary program designed for emerging diverse screenwriters. This opportunity will give bursary recipients the opportunity to complete a piece of writing, expand their network, sharpen their professional skills, work with established screenwriting professionals and producers, polish their pitching skills – all with an aim at bringing new perspectives to Canada’s creative industries.
2019 Magee TV Diverse Screenwriter Award Winners & Mentors
Laurel Brady is a Toronto-based screenwriter, playwright and actor. She has written three short films, ME, AGAIN (2018), POP THE QUESTION (2018) and BILLABLE HOURS (2015). Brady’s plays, Surfacing (2017) and Early Retirement (2015), have been featured on stages such as Theatre Passe Muraille, The Arts Project, and various theatres across Ontario. Laurel has story-edited multiple plays, screenplays, and most recently, edited the book, “Happier with Habits.” Brady is the co-creator of a playwright showcase, Write On Readings and the creator of For The Love Of Writing workshops which help new and blocked writers. Laurel studied theatre at York University, screenwriting at George Brown College, and sketch writing at Second City Toronto. Brady is a recent grad of the Canadian Film Centre’s 2018 Writers’ Lab. Currently, Laurel is writing her first feature, EMILY AND ANDREW’S GRAND FINALE, a new co-created web series MOM-SENSE, as well her Television series, KILLER INSTINCTS.
Mentor: Noelle Carbone
Noelle Carbone is a screenwriter, producer and inadvertent activist who spent her formative writing years working on the hit tv series, ROOKIE BLUE (ABC/Global). She was also a writer and co-executive producer on CARDINAL (CTV), CORONER (CBC) and the People’s Choice Award winning series WYNONNA EARP (Syfy/Space).
Carbone is one of the co-authors of the “Lexa Pledge” – a guideline for writers and creators who are committed to producing meaningful arcs for LGBTQ characters.
She is a graduate of the Humber College Film & Television Production program and did her BA at the University of Western Ontario where she played varsity soccer and studied Media, Information and Technoculture (whatever that is).
Carla Robinson loves history, the supernatural and exploring her culture. She is Haisla and Heiltsuk and had the rare opportunity in the 1970’s to grow up in both of her villages of Kitamaat and Bella Bella, BC with lots of freedom to roam. Her resulting adventurous spirit helped her quickly become a news anchor/host with CBC-TV, a landlord, entrepreneur, teacher, and a very busy mother. Carla recently graduated from film school at Sheridan College and went straight into pre-production as a consultant producer with MONKEY BEACH, a feature film adaptation of her sister Eden Robinson’s best-selling book. Carla ensured it was filmed in Kitamaat and that her people were well represented. Carla also wrote and co-produced a short called THE GUIDE which was accepted into the American Indian Film Festival, LA Skins Festival, Hamilton Film Festival, and won Best Drama (August) in Top Shorts, an online film festival.
Mentor: Eva Thomas
In 2012, Eva won the imagineNATIVE (iN) Film Festival DRAMA QUEEN Pitch Competition for the project This is Skye. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the inaugural iN/Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) Indigenous Story Editing Mentorship program where she received training in story editing, script reading, story consulting and other areas of feature film development. Eva was an Indigenous Story editor for the Story Room for Indigenous Writers at the 2016 iN Film Festival. Currently, Eva is the Indigenous Story Editor for the 2018 iN/HGF Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive, working with Indigenous writers through a year-long development program.
Andrea Scott is a professional playwright & producer whose first play Eating Pomegranates Naked was accepted into SummerWorks where it won the RBC Arts Professional award. Better Angels: A Parable won the SummerWorks award for Production 2 years later and is now available on CBC Podcasts. Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife, won the Cayle Chernin Award followed by a successful run in SummerWorks (Outstanding Performance – NOW Magazine). Andrea is an ACTRA, TWUC, and DGA member whose collection of plays, Better Angels: A Parable was published in October 2018. Andrea has two world premieres in the upcoming 2019/2020 season with Controlled Damage, her play about Viola Desmond, and Every Day She Rose (co-written with Nick Green). She currently works at Our House Media penning spooky stories to keep you up at night.
Mentor: Marsha Greene
Marsha Greene has written for Global’s hit series PRIVATE EYES, ABC’s TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, and is the co-showrunner of the third and final season of the critically-acclaimed drama MARY KILLS PEOPLE, for which she earned two Canadian Screen Award nominations. Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, holds an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University, and has a graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she was awarded the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise.
Angelica Mendizabal is a screenwriter with a passion for telling female-centric stories.
In 2015, Angelica was a finalist for Banff World Media Festival’s AMP Accelerator program where she had the opportunity to pitch her digital series, LENNY FALLS IN LOVE. Afterwards, she wrote and released five episodes of the series for Shaftesbury’s Kinda TV.
Following her internship at Temple Street’s Scripted Development department, Angelica became a Writers Assistant on two drama shows in development where she worked alongside Canada’s top writers.
Angelica is currently working on GET BETTER, a comedy series about a woman recently released from rehab who moves in with her divorced parents after the courts deem her unfit to live alone.
Angelica is also a recipient of the 2019 Netflix-Banff’s Diversity of Voices Professional Development Program where she hopes to find a home for her digital series in development, TAKE CARE.
Mentor: Duana Taha
Duana Taha is a Canadian television writer whose credits include hit programs DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION and LOST & FOUND STUDIOS. She is the creator and executive producer of the popular new YouTube series UPSTAIRS AMY, and the tween digital series EMERALD CODE.
Duana is the author of the bestselling book The Name Therapist, which was nominated for a 2016 Evergreen award. She has been quoted on names in The New Yorker, The Globe And Mail, The Observer, and appeared on programs across the country discussing the culture of first names. In 2016 her TEDx talk about names was featured on TED.com.
Duana is a founding contributor on www.laineygossip.com, where she expounds on the intersections of television, feminism, “Hamilton” and more, and writes the popular name column ‘Duana Names’. Duana is also one of the hosts of the hit podcast Show Your Work, where she and Elaine Lui discuss the work behind the magic of Hollywood.
Caitlin English is a screenwriter and improviser. She was a Jr. Story Editor for CBC/Temple Street’s half hour comedy, CAVENDISH. She scripts immersive escape games and VR audio experiences for Escape Manor, including ALIBI, which had a sold out run in Ottawa’s ByWard Market. Caitlin was a 2018 participant in the Women On Screen Web Series Incubator with her series, GRACE, and is looking forward to developing her one-hour anthology series during the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency in the Yukon. Caitlin performs with Bad Dog Theatre’s Feature Players alumni and the LGBTQ troupe Kinsey Fail. Her sketches and short films are viewable at ArmsUpComedy.com.
Mentor: Alejandro Alcoba
Alejandro Alcoba has been called many things, but for some reason “Handsome Alejandro” hasn’t stuck. Alejandro is a CSA-winning writer who has written for ANOTHER LIFE (Netflix), ENDLINGS (CBC/Hulu), UTOPIA FALLS (Hulu), and THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel). He was also a writer and supervising producer on DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (Netflix), and wrote THE CARMILLA MOVIE. He attended Ryerson’s RTA, NSI’s Totally TV, and WGC’s Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. He’s also on the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, a mentor for the MageeTV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship Award, and on the WGC’s Diversity Committee. He drinks a lot of coffee... maybe too much?