[ WRITER & DIRECTOR ]
THE STRANGEST THING
Wendy was born in Central New York’s farm country and that’s probably why a cow nearly always shows up in her scripts. She studied acting and writing in undergraduate school, and after graduation began acting and freelancing as a feature writer for newspapers. She began directing plays soon after, which led Wendy toward an MFA in directing and a career as a freelance stage director.
Wendy was invited to participate as a television writer with The Writers Lab as part of NYWIFT (2021). She was a semifinalist for the Page International Screenwriting Awards (2021) and a quarterfinalist for the Big Apple Film Festival (2022) and the Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship and Drama Competition (2021). She won the virtual pitch contest at the Austin Film Festival (2020) and was a second rounder at AFF for a drama feature (2021). Wendy's short film, LA CASA VERDE, was invited to the Fort Lauderdale & San Antonio Film Festivals.
Regional stage directing work includes the Dallas Theater Center, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alliance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, and seven seasons as associate artistic director at the Hangar Theatre. Her work on stage has had a profound impact on her use of visual storytelling and heightened text.
Wendy’s collaboration as co-author and director on the musical Sammy & Me (MusicalFare Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Alliance Theatre, National Black Theatre Festival and New Vintage Theatricals), rekindled her interest in writing. Wendy’s plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference as well as the Arts & Letters Prize in Drama. She received a NYFA Fellowship in Playwriting and Screenwriting.
Wendy’s both a stepmother and a stepchild. She’s interested in telling stories about the forces that push families apart and the forces that might bring them back together.