How I Wrote That is a podcast presented by The Stephens College M.F.A. in TV and Screenwriting, and hosted by Khanisha Foster. In each episode, we sit down with the top women in writing. They invite us into their homes and studios so we may ask how they got there. We discuss how they write, what they write, and the advice they would give to those listening. Stephens is dedicated to increasing the number of women working in television and film. How I Wrote That cultivates the relationship between those who have already made it and those who are dreaming up.
Khanisha Foster is our podcast host and a candidate for the Stephens M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting. She has been a featured storyteller on NPR’s Dinner Party Download, a TCG Young Leader of Color, a two time finalist for the PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship, and a collaborator with the Citizen’s Theatre in Scotland. She most recently directed Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and The Bluest Eye at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. She has published her essays The Kids and The King, Oooohhhs and Aaaahhhhs, Dear Diary, and Dance Outside Yourself. You can catch her writing about Mixed Race themes on her blog Black, White, and Awesome and you can listen to her storytelling podcasts here http://2ndstory.com/people/khanisha-foster. She is also Associate Artistic Director of 2nd Story.
Tony Sancho is a Chicago actor who is now based in LA. Tony’s most recent roles include Hephaistos at the Getty Villa, a co-production with CalArts, and Jackie in The Motherf*cker with the Hat both in Ojai and for the west coast premier at South Coast Rep. Tony has been fortunate to work with Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in a production of Ocativo Solis’ Lydia, and Kristoffer Diaz’ The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity in Berkeley CA. This Chicago native has also performed with Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theater, Drury Lane, Victory Gardens and with his ensemble, Teatro Vista. Tony’s film and television credits include ABC’s The Forgotten, ER, his award winning film On the Downlow, the new comedy The Baby Makers, and the new film BLACKBIRD for Gina Prince-Blythwood.
Ken LaZebnik, Director of the Stephens M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting, has written for film and television for 25 years. He wrote Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage, starring Peter O’Toole and Marcia Gay Harden, and shares story credit with Garrison Keillor for director Robert Altman’s last film, A Prairie Home Companion. For seven years he was a writer/producer for Touched by An Angel, writing over 20 episodes of the popular series. He also has written for Army Wives, Providence, Star Trek: Enterprise, When Calls The Heart, and PBS’s In Concert At The White House. His plays include the award-winning On The Spectrum and Theory of Mind.
Joseph Welch is our Producer and Recording Engineer. He is currently an undergrad Communications Major at Cal Poly Pomona where he also works in the Outreach Department as a campus tour guide and college fair representative.