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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 Q1 2023. Television work includes assisting on the Freeform show Alone Together. She was named to the Tracking Board’s 2021 Next List at the end of last year, and was a finalist for Tanya Saracho’s inaugural 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. As a queer woman of Chilean and Norwegian descent, Kristen’s writing mainly explores female characters whose perspectives have been traditionally ignored, and she is working on the third play in a ten-play cycle chronicling the experiences of diverse lesbian baby boomers in Chicago over eight decades. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, watching basketball, and obscure craft beer.

THE WEDDING

Kristen Joy Bjorge
Comedy Drama

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**

Kristen Joy Bjorge
Drama

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.