Meilani Wenska

Meilani Wenska (Hawaiian) attended the Kamehameha Schools, where Hawaiian culture, music, writing, and dance are built into the curriculum. She received her BA degree in painting, worked professionally as a graphic designer for years and began selling her art prints successfully online. Expanding her horizons, Meilani found a deep passion screenwriting, directing, and acting. Her written… Read more »

Kat Smith

Kat Smith (Eagle Clan of the Tsimshian Tribe) has a strong performing arts background. By the time she was getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater under the Study of Dr. Terry Converse, Directing for the Stage, she had already studied Strasberg’s technique, Improv and produced over 60 shorts for her High School television production. She comes from… Read more »

Lewayne “Buddy” McQueen

Lewayne “Buddy” McQueen (Ely Shosone Tribe) has been performing improv for over a decade and produced his own improv show for over eight years. He was part of the award winning Alibi The Show in Las Vegas and made it to the semi-finals of Four Directions talent search. He has a BFA in film and digital media from University of… Read more »

Julia Morgan Leatham

Julia Morgan Leatham (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) is a writer from Los Angeles, California. She is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation with lineage through the Wild Potato clan. A multi-media creator, Julia first found passion for writing and performance art through spoken word poetry and drag. Her written poetry and visual artwork is forthcoming… Read more »

Neyom Friday

Neyom Friday (Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) is an experienced writer based in Manhattan Beach, California. Neyom has a Liberal Arts and Film Studies degree from Santa Monica College and Certificates in Screenwriting (TV and Feature Film) from UCLA. Much of the influence Neyom draws upon as a writer comes from her youth when she attended… Read more »

Camaray Davalos

Camaray Davalos (Payómkawichum/Xicana) graduated from Humboldt State University in 2018, majoring in Native American Studies. Using creative non-fiction as well as fiction, she has engaged readers of her work by covering Indigenous social and environmental issues, as well as the complexities of gender roles and identity. In 2020 she won the Native Voices 10th Annual Short Play… Read more »

Christopher York

Christopher York (Choctaw/Chickasaw) is a writer/teacher/artist who is inspired by history, both collective and personal.  As a writer, Chris has been involved with a previous reality show project that won the 2013 Producer’s Guild Award.  Since 2015 he has taught at East Central University as an adjunct English professor. Chris received his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Baptist… Read more »

Sienna Camille

Sienna Camille (Navajo) – Sienna Tso (Navajo) is a writer and actress born and raised in Arizona. Sienna graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Media Studies. After graduating, she came up in the industry as a production assistant on films and TV shows such as… Read more »

2nd Annual Native American Showrunner Program – Fellows Selected

The Native American Media Alliance announced its selections for the 2nd Annual Native American Showrunner Program, sponsored by WarnerMedia, Bad Robot, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Cherokee Nation Film Office, in partnership with Kung Fu Monkey Productions. “We are so proud to be supporting the Native American Media Alliance with this incredible program,” said Karen Horne, Senior… Read more »

Inaugural Native American Writers Seminar – Fellows Selected

The Native American Media Alliance announced its selections for the inaugural Native American Writers Seminar, presented by the Cherokee Nation Film Office.      “We are excited to welcome the first cohort of the Native American Writers Seminar,” said Jennifer Loren, director of Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content. “Each of the selected fellows… Read more »