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Piper Writers Studio Instructor 2018
Beverly Smith-Dawson writes stage plays, screenplays, and short stories. She has had stage plays produced in San Francisco, New York City (including off-Broadway), Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Minneapolis. Additionally, her screenplays have been finalists and semi-finalists at the Cinequest Film Festival, the Sundance Lab, The AFI Women in Directing Program, The Moondance Film Festival, and the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Her short story “Chosen” won in the Writers Digest Magazine’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of the 2008 Annual Popular Fiction Awards.
Smith-Dawson has an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, and a Certificate in Screenwriting through UCLA Extension. She has been a Lecturer at Arizona State University, and currently teaches for the Maricopa County Community College District.