Writers Program

Gabe Garza

Gabe began his career by first becoming an Intern, then a Writers’ Assistant, and eventually being accepted into the Nickelodeon Writing Program — where he met his now writing partner, Jonathan Butler. Gabe went on to be staffed on various animated and live action series until he and his partner sold a live-action series to… Read more »

Sonya Oberly

Sonya Oberly is an independent writer/producer. She’s an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a descendant of the Osage and Comanche Tribes in Oklahoma. Sonya worked for a number years in counseling throughout Indian Country. In 2009, she earned her MFA from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in writing and directing she had… Read more »

Siena East

     Siena East is a Choctaw screenwriter, director and actress living and writing in Los Angeles. She graduated with a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University.Her thesis short film, Lycanphobic was a selection of NYU’s First Run Film Festival. She has worked on television shows such as Ray Donovan, The… Read more »

Vladimir Perez

Vladimir Perez is an writer/actor born in Brooklyn NY. After performing in the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase, Vlad appeared on the CBS sitcoms Superior Donuts and Man With a Plan, the ABC hit show Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine Nine and LA to Vegas on FOX. Vlad is also a proud recipient of the Groundlings NBC/Universal… Read more »

Riley Page

Riley grew up the second oldest of five children, and was considered by his brothers and sisters to be a master instigator with a knack for hiding in unbelievably small spaces, jumping out, and scaring them to the point of tears. Upon watching Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion at age eight, Riley decided that… Read more »

Jade Puga

     A South Texas Native, Jade Puga (Guachichil, Huastec, Lipan Apache)attended the University Of Southern California.  A multi-hyphenate, she is a writer/actress/filmmaker. Together with writing and producing partner Richard Montes, their historical drama screenplay is reader recommended and trending on the Black List and was a semi-finalist at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2017. Other screenplays… Read more »

Jason Marcus

Jason Marcus (Iroquois) is a writer and comedian born and raised in Boston. At the age of nineteen, he started performing standup, and after a few years – and some lucky breaks – became a full time working comic, touring internationally. Hewon Catch A Rising Star’s “Catch A New Rising Star” Competition, The Detroit International Comedy Festival, and placed… Read more »

Erik Fritts-Davis

Erik Fritts-Davis.writes sketch and half-hour comedy.  His work has been featured on stages of Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West, The Second City – Hollywood, and ACME Comedy Theatre.  He is a staff writer for the long-running Top Story! Weekly.  Erik holds a BA in film production from CSU Sacramento, studied in the UCLA Professional Program for… Read more »

THE NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB Meeting With Creative Artists Agency

On June 5th 2017 Native TV Writer Lab participants met with CAA agent Ashley Holland. Ashley discussed her background, diversity and the industry. The participants inquired about representation, developing industry relationships, and creating new opportunities. Great thanks to Ashley for speaking with the group. Sponsored by NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity, and HBO. The NATIVE AMERICAN… Read more »