Justin Neal (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh / Squamish) moved to his family’s ancestral territory to earn a Joint MFA in Creative Writing and Theatre from UBC in 2015. His play, So Damn Proud, premiered in Vancouver in September 2021, a production of Holy Crow Arts. His screenplay The Skins Game has received development funding with Curiosity Pictures and Really Real Films. Neal’s pilot, Boundary Bay, received development funding through the Indigenous Screen Office and Creative BC. His pilot Hole in the Donut was a 2020 WeScreenplay TV Writing finalist. Neal’s newest work, The Traveller was first developed as a stage play through the Vancouver-based Arts Club Theatre Company’s Emerging Playwrights Unit. He’s since adapted the story into a feature screenplay, and the project has received a 2022 Indigenous Screen Office grant for further development. Short-listed for the CFC Bell Media Prime Time TV Lab (2x) and the Institute’s Norman Jewison Film Program Writers’ Lab, Neal has worked on theatre and film projects in a variety of capacities (including as a performer, actor, producer, director, writer, and/or collaborator) in Los Angeles, New York City, the Bay Area, Seattle, and Vancouver.
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