Miss Spinella is an award-winning writer, director, actor and producer. She’s an optioned writer, and writer-for-hire. 

She holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, and is currently finishing her MA in Creative Writing. She’s taught at UCLA and UOP, as well as workshop events. She’s thrilled to watch her students win screenwriting accolades, but more than that – she loves to inspire them and watch that transfer to the page. 

She’s had the honor of working with, and learning from amazing filmmakers like Dustin Lance Black (MILK), Bobby Moresco (CRASH), Paula Wagner (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE), and Wolfgang Petersen (THE PERFECT STORM).

Dawn’s background includes acting, directing, producing, writing, photography and teaching. Having experience in front of, and behind the camera gives Dawn a comprehensive view of storytelling and filmmaking.

The only thing she is more devoted to than filmmaking & writing is her intense and challenging teenage daughter.



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