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I am a Cuban American writer, director and actor -- the daughter of Cuban exiles, a prisoner-of-conscience father and teacher mother I was was raised in South Florida. I was the first Latina to join the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). I founded the WGAW Latino Writers Committee, and chaired it for some years. I have written numerous screenplays for television and film in various genres, e.g., comedy, drama, action-adventure and science fiction. I was an awarded volunteer with The Little Girls of East Los Angeles for disadvantaged girl and and have taught creative writing.
I have been a panelist in more than twenty entertainment-related seminars and have been a published essayist/journalist, (e.g., Newsweek, Daily News, Los Angeles Times). I received the City of Los Angeles Human Relations' Award for Volunteer Work.
I graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1999 with a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law and Classical Civilization. I graduated summa cum laude with a UCLA MFA in Film 2012.
I have been choreographed in jazz and ballet by Doug Rivera since I was a teenager and continue to dance weekly.
I live in the Peterson House -- a historically-designated and registered Spanish Colonial Revival House in Glendale, California.
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