Jen Derwingson was most recently a Writer, Producer and Director on Syfy Network’s Z Nation and Supervising Producer on Black Summer on Netflix. She is currently developing an Action Drama, a Supernatural Thriller and this year completed directing her fourth television episode on NCIS: New Orleans.
Jen primarily writes thrillers, action, adventure, supernatural and SciFi scripts, and directs drama, action, and thriller/horror.
She grew up in the wilds of Northern California at the foot of Mt. Shasta, mythical home of Big Foot, aliens, the descendants of Atlantis and a panther who turns into Jesus Christ.
Jen earned a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is also a graduate of the prestigious Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship. She began her creative career as a sketch comedy writer and theatre director while at Stanford and Oxford. She later co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Art Center in Bali, and worked as an Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre in London. Returning to California, she became the Artistic Director for Freshly Squeezed Theatre Co. in San Francisco, directing productions of several new plays.
Jen moved from theatre to film at USC where her thesis film, Roadside Assistance, played festivals around the world and earned numerous awards including the Student Emmy for Comedy. Her first on-screen feature credit was And Soon the Darkness, released in 2010. More recently, Jen directed the original play EgoManiac: A Poetic Incantation, which enjoyed a completely sold out run at the Hollywood Fringe in 2014. Recent short films include the thriller The Yellow Wood, the drama Leash, and Blessed, an action drama about a female Native American LAPD cop.
Jen also studies and teaches Buddhist meditation.
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