Screenwriting Lab Fellows 2016

Michael Colucci

Michael Colucci

Michael Colucci is a Los Angeles–based writer originally from the San Francisco Peninsula. His most recent writing credits include Sacred Journeys, a short film which premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival. He is a proud faculty member of Five Keys Charter School, an adult high school, where he teaches storytelling, screenwriting and basic literacy to underserved populations. In 2013, he founded the WOS Group Theatre Lab, a free form workshop space for writers, directors and actors; and WOS Group Entertainment, a management company representing actors in theatrical marketplaces. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley; and an MFA from the University of Southern California.


Jen Richards

Jen Richards

Jen Richards is a writer and actress, as well as a consultant and advocate who works with national organizations and media projects. She is the co-writer–star–producer of the web series Her Story, and has appeared as herself in BuzzFeed videos, True Trans with Laura Jane Grace, OWN Show, and I Am Cait. She was the co-founder and director of The Trans 100 and creator of We Happy Trans and other trans-focused projects. From 2008 through 2013, she was the managing director of the multiple Grammy Award–winning contemporary classical music ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Jen received her BA in Philosophy from Shimer College, studied at Oxford University and in Kyoto, Japan, and is an Outward Bound alum. She has published articles, lectured, participated in panels, been interviewed, and led workshops on a variety of topics across the country for 20 years.


Kellee Terrell

Kellee Terrell

Kellee Terrell was raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. Kellee holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia College of Chicago. She also holds an M.A. in African-American Studies from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. Her MFA thesis film has screened in more than 25 festivals and has won many accolades. Her first short film, Goodnight My Love, has screened in more than 40 cities on six continents. In addition to being a filmmaker, Terrell is an award-winning journalist who focuses on gender, race, LGBT issues, health and pop culture. Her articles and interviews have been featured in The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, BET.com, The Body, The Root, Ebony, The Advocate, POZ and Hello Beautiful to name a few. More information at twitter.com/kelleent.


Chanelle Tyson

Chanelle Tyson

Chanelle Tyson is a Los Angeles–based writer, director and performer. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Tyson graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film & TV Production. She has written and directed several short films and has also produced, written and starred in various comedic sketches as a member of Girl Conception, a female comedy duo with videos that have amassed over 20,000 views. Additionally as a director, Chanelle has completed two web series, Closet Space and Teacher’s Lounge. Chanelle has recently completed principal photography as a cinematographer for the feature length documentary Calling All Lesbians and is currently producing two web series for which she is the writer-director as well as a main actor. One of these series, Gay, Straight, and In-Between, was just named as a semi-finalist for Screen Craft’s Short Film Production Fund.


Michael Walek

Michael Walek

Michael Walek is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dramatic Writing and holds an MFA from Columbia University. His works has been shown at The Flea Theatre, Joe’s Pub and The Signature Theater. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater’s emerging playwriting group Youngblood.