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Maya Perez

Department of Radio-Television-Film


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Maya Perez is a writer and producer. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, The Masters Review, Misadventures Magazine, and more. She is co-editor of the books On Story - Screenwriters and Their Craft (2013), On Story - Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films (2016), and the forthcoming On Story – The Golden Ages of Television (2018), all from University of Texas Press. Maya is also a producer on the television series Austin Film Festival's On Story, now in its eighth season on PBS. On Story won a Lone Star EMMY Award® for Best Arts/Entertainment Program in 2014 and was nominated for a Lone Star EMMY Award® in 2016.

Maya is a former Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Fellow, New York Stage & Film Emerging Filmmaker, and was named one of MovieMaker Magazine and Austin Film Festival’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” for 2016. She received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She is a 2018 recipient of a SFFILM Westridge Grant.

Maya grew up in Kenya, Zambia, and the United States and now lives in Austin, Texas, where she teaches screenwriting at The University of Texas at Austin. A passionate member of the arts and education community, she serves on boards and committees for several organizations, including Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Sundance Institute, Texas Book Festival, and Vassar College.