Stephanie Truong, mentee
I am Stephanie Truong, a senior at Stuyvesant H.S. in downtown NYC. I first became interested in writing when I wrote my first detective story in 5th grade. Currently, I write realistic fictional pieces. I am interested in hearing my writing come to life in the digital world. My goal as a writer is to have my work published. I want to connect to the reader more by adding more sensory details into my pieces. Besides being a writer, I am also in the Stuyvesant Girl’s Bowling Team, The Pinheads. I also enjoy watching drama, knitting, as well as reading.
Elizabeth Bartucci, mentor
I am a screenwriter and playwright, and a member of the first graduating class of the Actors Studio MFA Program. I also received the Walt Disney Studios/ABC Screenwriting Fellowship. My screenplay "Everything's Going To Be Alright” was nominated for the Emerging Narrative Award from the IFP Market Conference. My plays have received productions in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. I am a multiple Heidemann Award Nominee from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and a recipient of the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers Conference. My play "Steve" is published in Smith & Kraus' The Best 10 Minute Plays. Currently, I am working on a full-length play, “The Ghost Heart,” as well as the screenplay versions for “Steve” and “Carl,” which recently played on Earbud Theatre as a radio play.
There had been times in my life when I had doubted myself. I wondered if I was really a girl since I did not fit in with the standards that society had set. However, I know that even though I might not be the ideal female, I am still a girl and I should believe in myself.