Originally from Philadelphia, DOROTHY KOZAK (SNOKE) grew up in blue collar Northeast Philly, daughter of a former Catholic nun and a public high school teacher (true story). She attended University of Notre Dame, graduating with a dual B.A. in English Literature and Politics and International Relations. Recognizing that her dream was to work in Hollywood, Dorothy applied and got accepted into Pepperdine law school and then UCLA Film & TV MFA program, both in Los Angeles, California.
Following graduation from UCLA, Dorothy began working as an assistant at ICM Talent Agency, then as a top story analyst for Bruckheimer Films, Kennedy/Marshall, Scott Rudin Productions, UTA and numerous others. She was subsequently hired at Disney Studios as a feature story analyst for Touchstone/Buena Vista. There Dorothy honed her craft in crafting and writing four-quadrant material, specifically family material for a wide audience. Subsequently, Dorothy sold her first feature, FAMILYMOON, to Walden Media/20th C Fox, then was hired to write “WENDY WU 2, “ a sequel to the original Disney Channel movie. She simultaneously began working in television, selling a female dramedy pilot about mother/daughter FBI Agents to USA Network (“SKIRTS”) and two other one-hour pilots to CBS International and Viacom TV. Her work has won acclaim in several screenwriting competitions, including Tracking B (feature film finalist, top 5), the Sundance TV Fellowship (semifinalist) Screencraft (semi and quarterfinalist), and international festival Dream Ago/Plume & Pellicule (two time feature film finalist), among others.
Currently Dorothy is writing in both features and television, chasing after two small children and living in Los Angeles with her husband. She is an avid sports fan, a world traveler, a classically trained singer, and a member of a South LA gospel choir. Dorothy is also a founding executive member of CAPE – the Coalition for the Advocacy of the Persecuted and Enslaved, a refugee asylum nonprofit.