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                                    education                                       

NYU/Tisch School of the Arts - M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, May, 2012

NYU School of Continuing/Professional Studies – Certificate in Screenwriting

Playwrights Horizons Professional Theatre School – Certificate in Acting

University of Kentucky – B.A., Double Major in Theatre Arts & Speech, Minor in English

special awards and honors

CHARLIE PUPURA Special Recognition Award for overall excellence, NYU/Tisch, May 2012

L.A. Weekly PICK OF THE WEEK – Director, A PIECE OF MY HEART by Shirley Lauro

L.A. Weekly COMEDY PICK OF THE WEEK – Writer, Actor, Director – JUST WHO DO I THINK I AM

scripts

FILM:

- My Old Man, feature-length screenplay, DRAMA

When a 40-year-old widow on the verge of suicide picks up a 99-year-old man hitchhiking, he helps her to live and she helps him to die.

               WINNER - Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

- The Goode Sisters of Westchester, short film, DRAMADY

Two very different sisters fight about everything, until the memory of their recently deceased mother makes them see things the same way, for once.

- All About Evie, feature-length screenplay, DRAMA

Haunted by the events of 9/11, Evie finds solace with her aging mother and the hosts of QVC, until her mother’s death forces her to forge a new life.

               AWARDED READING – NYU Goldberg Festival of New Works, NYC, May 2012

- Falling Into Place, feature-length screenplay, DRAMA

               WINNER – Best Drama, Screenplay Festival 

               TOP 15% – Nicholl Fellowship

               FINALIST – Creative World Awards 

               FINALIST - NYU Fusion Film Festival

               SEMI-FINALIST - Page Awards

TELEVISION:

- No More Heroes, one-hour television pilot, DRAMA

A group of medical professionals rush into war torn areas, bringing their medical expertise - and their own demons - along for the ride.

               WINNER – International Screenwriter’s Association Fast Track Fellowship

               FINALIST – Creative World Awards 

               SEMI-FINALIST – Austin Revolution Film Festival 

- A Fine Line, one-hour television pilot, DRAMA

After losing a daughter to suicide, a Houston businesswoman perilously juggles work and family, but when her husband runs for public office, there is an increasing danger that her tightly-wound life will unravel.

- Lost Women of American History; Adding Her Story to History, series, DRAMA

An ongoing series of made-for-tv movies about women whose contributions in every chapter of the American story remain largely unknown, including Nellie Bly (reporter), Madam C. J. Walker (businesswoman), and Annie Jump Cannon (scientist). Inspired by true events.

- Nellie Bly: Reporter-at-Large, six week limited series, BIOGRAPHY

A woman fights to be taken seriously as a reporter in the 1800’s – a journey that first sends her into a mad house and then on a mad race around the world.

               FINALIST – International Screenwriter’s Association Fast Track Fellowship

THEATRE:

- BEFORE A FALL, full-length play, DRAMA

The patriarch of a Southern church family is suspected of molesting his granddaughter, but when a high school English teacher gets involved, she runs the risk of making matters worse.

               FINALIST – NYU GOLDBERG PRIZE, highest award for a writer in the department, 2011

- KNOCK-KNOCK, ten-minute play, DRAMA

A woman develops OCD caring for her invalid mother, and falls apart when tragedy strikes.

               WORKSHOP – NYU Goldberg 2010 Ten Minute Play Festival, NYC, November 2010

               PRODUCTION – Gallery Players Black Box Series, Brooklyn, NY, July 2011

- MEMORY LOSS, full-length play, DRAMA

When the son of a former lover shows up at his door, a lonely piano tuner tries to play father figure, but the son has a much more dangerous agenda.

               WORKSHOP – The Blank Theatre, Los Angeles, October 2013

- ALL FALL DOWN, monologue, DRAMA

A woman imagines the last moments of her husband’s life before he died on 9/11.

               PRODUCTION – Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, Houston, TX, December 2011

               PUBLICATION – THE COLLECTIVE, Poetry and Prose – “Selfies, Real or Imagined,” April 2015             

     related  experience

2000-2015 Professional Actor / Theatre Director – separate resume available at www.lilymercer.com

2003-2005 Director of Marketing & Public Relations - New Jersey Repertory - Long Branch

                Put in motion a forward-thinking marketing plan, including onsite art gallery and artist receptions.

                Conceived and implemented new marketing displays in train and bus stations.

                Designed and implemented marketing for the exterior and interior of the building.

                Wrote and distributed press releases for all productions.

                Organized and executed mass mailings for yearly brochures and monthly events.