‘Insecure’ Writer Mike Gauyo and Step 32 of Reinstatement for Mentoring Initiative – Deadline
Writer Mike Gauyo (Unsafe, Ginny and Georgia) and the Stage 32 training platform are about to open submissions to the Black Boy Writes & Black Girl Writes mentoring initiative, under the Black Boy Writes Media banner. The initiative, which launched in early 2021, focuses on providing industry access and resources to pre-WGA black screenwriters.
In partnership with Stage 32, admissions for the 2022 class will open on November 15 and end on December 15. The first round of the application will require a biography, an hour-long or half-hour original screenplay (of any genre) and a short essay. Those chosen to move on to the second round will speak with Gauyo and the initiative’s programming manager, Ashley Aronson, before 10 to 12 participants are selected.
Features of the mentoring initiative include monthly writers’ roundtables with established writers / industry leaders; alumni include Amy Aniobi (Unsafe) Kay Oyegun (It’s us), Kemp Powers (Soul, One night in Miami) and The Black List founder Franklin Leonard. Each participant will receive the latest final version to use during the fellowship, in addition to writing workshops and note sessions to prepare mentees for fellowships, generals and staff, as well as general meetings with networks and societies of production; alumni include Nick Jr., OutTV, Plan B and Array.
At the end of the program, each mentee will have the opportunity to be read by Gauyo agents at Culture Creative and enlightened managers at Writ Large for representational consideration.
“With the Black Boy Writes & Black Girl Writes Mentorship Initiative, my goal is to create a sustainable pathway program for emerging black writers that not only provides them with a way in, but amplifies their voices in the process. Says Gauyo. “Partnering with such an innovative platform as Stage 32, which is committed to serving underrepresented creatives, allows us to increase exposure and opportunities for black writers around the world. ”
In addition to mentoring, Stage 32 has agreed to provide each mentee with a free webinar of their choice and a free presentation session of their choice with an executive.
“We could not be more excited to join forces with Black Boy Writes / Black Girl Writers in an effort to discover, mentor and offer ongoing support and industry access to underrepresented black writers. -WGA, ”says Stage 32 CEO Richard Botto. “For the past 10 years, Stage 32’s mission has been to democratize the entertainment industry by showcasing and facilitating opportunities for unknown talent around the world, and this initiative will be another highlight of those efforts. On a personal level, and on behalf of my team, I am delighted to be working with Mike Gauyo on this powerful and important project and look forward to meeting and starting to work with the winners.
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