Kristen Joy is a screenwriter and playwright who began her career consulting for several years on scripts for the late, Oscar-nominated actor Chadwick Boseman, amongst other talent. Kristen's feature screenplay, Notable People, is in development with Josh Peters (The Lighthouse, Uncle Frank), attached to produce. Her work will next be seen as one of the writers on Pretty Boy, a feature based on the viral short of the same name, set for production Spring 2022. She recently wrapped writing a feature for Vinita Pictures, and works frequently in the feature film space on rewrites and original work. Television work includes assisting on the Freeform show Alone Together. She was recently named to the Tracking Board’s 2021 Next List, and was a finalist for Tanya Saracho’s Ojalá lab. Her plays and screenplays have received accolades from the Nicholl, Austin, and Sundance.
Kristen has twice been a visiting artist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, teaching actors and writers in their theatre department. A native Midwesterner of Chilean & Norwegian descent, Kristen grew up in a peninsula of corn in a small, Illinois town. As a queer woman, Kristen’s writing mainly explores female-indentifying characters whose perspectives have been traditionally ignored, especially queer women of the baby boomer generation and women of color. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness of all kinds, swimming, and obscure craft beer.
Three women— a sister, mother, and aunt of the bride, grapple with past tragedy and present consequence in the wake of wedding bliss.
NOTABLE PEOPLE **2020 NICHOLL QUARTERFINALIST**
A woman with high-functioning autism, searching for purpose after her retirement, is forced to go on a trip with her terminally ill sister to reconnect with family, including her estranged daughter.