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jean_stawarz [at] emerson.edu (E-Mail »)
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for Writing for Film and Television (1999)
B.S. Boston University
M.F.A. Goddard College
Ms. Stawarz has worked as a screenwriter for film and television, a story editor, and associate producer. Numerous producers and production companies have optioned her work including, HandMade Films, Davis Entertainment/Classics, Accent Entertainment, Owl Television, the CBC, BBC, and PBS.
Her production credits include the award-winning films Powwow Highway, Henry & Verlin, the television movie, Spirit Rider, Hollywood Babylon, and the CBC show, North of Sixty. Her work has screened at many film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival, Munich Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and American Indian Film Festival, and has aired on PBS, CBC, and the BBC. She wrote, produced, directed and edited the short film, The Hunters, winner of the Best International Short Under 25 Minutes at the Ireland International Film Festival. The Telluride Indie Fest named her original screenplay, The Sculptors, one of the "Top Thirty Screenplays in the World." Her most recent short script, Shady Tree-Lined Streets won the Best Short Screenplay award at the 2014 UFVA Conferfence. She has served on the board of directors for the University Film and Video Association and on the editorial board of the Journal of Film and Video. In 2014-2015 she was awarded a Jasper and Marion Whiting Foundation fellowship and an Emerson College President's Fund for Curricular Innovation grant. Currently she is serving as the graduate program director for the Department of Visual and Media Arts' Low Residency MFA in Writing for Film and Television and the undergraduate Global Pathways summer program, Screenwriters' Lab in Greece.