Dawn Spinella is an award-winning filmmaker, passionate educator and optioned writer-for-hire.

She cut her writing chops on biographical features, but thoroughly enjoys action/adventure and comedy – both television and feature formats.

Her short films (directed/produced) have screened at numerous festivals and her short-form workshops have helped young writers learn the craft.

She holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, and an MA in English/Creative Writing. She’s taught at UCLA and University of the Pacific, 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, and a thorough understanding of directing actors and ensuring enough coverage for her projects.

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


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