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Friday, October 14 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Breaking In: Playwrights turned Screenwriters

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We’ve all heard that the industry can be quite dramatic, so it’s not hard to believe that more and more writers are finding success by breaking in from the world of theatre. Especially with the fast-paced nature of television, showrunners are on the constant prowl for those who have mastered the craft of dialogue, structure, and creating characters: skills well honed by many-a-playwright. Join panelists who have tackled writing for both the stage and screen, and how their experience in theatre helped inform their work across mediums.

Moderators
avatar for Samantha Levenshus

Samantha Levenshus

Managing/Literary Director at Stage Rights; writer
Samantha Levenshus has been at Stage Rights since 2008, where she now serves as Managing and Literary Director. In her time with the company she has helped publish more than half of their catalog and works with playwrights and theater administrators on a daily basis. A playwright herself, Samantha’s script The Grimm World, premiered in Los Angeles in 2012 and now plays around... Read More →

Panelists
avatar for Melanie Marnich

Melanie Marnich

writer Big Love; writer/producer The Big C, The Affair, the upcoming Netflix show The OA; playwright
Melanie Marnich is an award-winning television writer-producer and playwright. She’s written for Big Love on HBO; The Big C and The Affair on Showtime; and for AMC’s Low Winter Sun. Her episode, “Come, Ye Saints” for Big Love earned her a Writers’ Guild award nomination for best drama episode. It was also named Best Television Episode of 2009 by Entertainment Weekly, rated third in TIME Magazine’s list of 10... Read More →
avatar for Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera

writer The Motorcycle Diaries, The 33, On the Road, Letters to Juliet, Trade
José Rivera is a recipient of two Obie Awards for playwriting for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, both produced by The Public Theatre, New York.  His plays Cloud Tectonics (Playwrights Horizons), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep), Sueño (Manhattan Class Company), Sonnets for an Old Century (The Barrow Group), School of the Americas (Public Theatre), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (Rattlestick... Read More →
avatar for Tom Szentgyorgyi

Tom Szentgyorgyi

executive producer Bates Motel (2015-2016), The Mentalist (2009-2015); writer/producer Journeyman (2007), NYPD Blue (2002-2005); writer Sports Night (1999); playwright
Tom Szentgyorgyi is a television writer and playwright. Currently an executive producer on the A&E show Bates Motel, he was a writer and producer on The Mentalist for six years and was its showrunner for its final season.  Other shows he has written for include NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Sports Night, and Journeyman.  His play Among the Thugs, an adaptation of the book by Bill Buford, has been produced around the country, was... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Assembly Room

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