Artists

Amy Carver

is calling from Los Angeles by way of Chicago, Spokane, and Colorado Springs. She created THE HOST out of her love for British radio dramas and for overnight road trips. Amy’s taken too many writing classes including ones at Northwestern, Second City, and UCLA, which is why most of her friends are writers.  

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Borderline frat guy

Jessy Lauren Smith

is calling from Chicago, where she writes movies, stories, dumb comedy videos, and plays for sound and stage. She holds an MFA from Northwestern University, where she also taught screenwriting. This fall, Jessy will be teaching a creative writing workshop at Danville Correctional Center. She is also determined to try stand up, although she will be bad.

Rachel Ewing

is calling from Burbank CA, where she spends her days as an executive assistant at Disney, her nights writing for TV/ Film, and her free time pretending to be a mermaid. She received her MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2014. She believes in all manner of supernatural beings and advice givers. Rachel’s known Amy since she was born, which is how she got roped into this project.

Phillip Mason

is calling from Los Angeles, even though he’s calling from a Kentucky area code. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky and completed a graduate program for Screenwriting at UCLA. Phillip’s main focus is television writing, but he dabbles in screenplays and comedy sketches.

Katie Markovich

is calling from Los Angeles, where she writes short fiction and blog posts. She dabbles in stage and screen writing. Her work has been featured in McSweeney’s, The Good Men Project, and Moonsick Magazine, and she is a semi-finalist for the 2018 Stockholm Writers Festival First Pages Prize. She is a graduate of the comedy writing program at Second City Chicago.

Sarah Kenney

is calling from INSIDE THE HOUSE, where she is quietly stalking you, waiting to appear only once you close the medicine cabinet mirror. Sarah is an actual, papered Master of Television courtesy of the fine institution of higher education known as a Boston University. In addition to writing and watching endless amounts of TV, she enjoys knitting, craft beers, craft coffee and craft fairs, as well as loudly cultivating the glitter spinster identity she plans to flaunt well into her adulthood.

Eric Kenney

is calling from Washington, D.C. where he is a 22nd grader at The George Washington University pursuing a PhD in Biology. To make up for his lack of formal artistic training, he posts short stories to the internet, prompting praise such as ‘Wow what a voice!’ from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and ‘It’s uncomfortable’ from a user named skrokstar. Eric will be elbows-deep in parasitic roundworms until his thesis is done.

Jamie Ferguson

is a writer and stand up comedian calling from Los Angeles, having relocated his family from Chicago to more effectively tilt at windmills. He’s a graduate of Second City’s writing program and the former host of the “What is This, Amateur Hour?” Amateur Hour. At present he spends his time tweeting and wandering the entertainment wilderness that is “screenwriting.”

Lucy Boone

is calling from Los Angeles, CA, where she resides with her husband, son, and a couple weird little monsters disguised as cats. She is the creator of sorryforthedrunktexts.com, where she ruins classic poetry.

Ashley Griggs

is calling from Los Angeles, California, although she originally hails from Herndon, Virginia. She earned her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as a BA from the College of William & Mary. Ashley is currently writing projects for film, television, and theater, and mentors with WriteGirl LA.

Mitch Carver

known affectionately as “Mitchy” by The Host’s creator, has dialed in from the 310, where he’s a high school English teacher by day and an aspiring novelist by Host listening hours. He hails from the 253 and misses the Seattle Supersonics, but plays a lot of basketball to numb the pain of loss. Mitch writes about kindness and portals and other things he thinks are cool. Maybe he’ll be published by the time the balding process reaches its inevitable conclusion.

Sarah Greenleaf

is calling in from Los Angeles where she teaches illusion (a.k.a. cinema to high school students) and dreams of building a home out of dirt. She has her MFA from Temple University and English Literature and Journalism B.A. from University of Washington.

Aimee McKay

is calling from the astral plane, a graduate of Emerson College, she is “Principal Snyder” on Disney’s Walk the Prank, and has appeared on 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, Arrested Development, Raising Hope and Don’t Trust the B—in Apt. 23. Aimee spent three years with the Second City Touring Company in Chicago and writes secretly at night when you’re asleep.

Chad Eschman

is calling from Los Angeles. The founder of Trap Street, a multimedia storytelling company based in LA, Chad’s a writer, performing artist, and cocktail geek. He likes his coffee black, gin neat, and everything spicy.

Hannah Rachelle Martin

is calling from a crappy apartment in Hollywood, California. She likes throwing money into the wind, and thus has studied acting, improv and writing at many, many places including UCLA, UCB and other acronyms starting with the letter “U.” If you enjoy Hannah’s voice, you might also like her podcast, “Baggage Claimed.”

Kimberly Barrante

is a screenwriter calling from Los Angeles. She began her career as a playwright in New York City, after receiving a BA in Theatre from Emerson College. Kim was a resident playwright at the People’s Theatre Project from 2011-2012. She went on to study at Tisch NYU, earning an MFA in Dramatic Writing. Her screenplay CELERITAS was featured on Tracking Board’s Hit List and the 2014 Annual Black List. You can hear CELERITAS performed on the Black List Table Reads Podcast. Kim completed a feature writing fellowship at Lionsgate in 2016.

Rebecca Katz

is an independent producer calling from Los Angeles. She spent nearly 6 years at Sundance Institute, where she helped identify and cultivate a new generation of writers, directors, and producers via Labs, granting, fellowships, and programming for the Sundance Film Festival. She also dedicated 3 years to producing social impact documentaries in New York City at Shine Global, Inc. before moving to LA to attend the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. She currently consults with fiction and non-fiction filmmakers on festival strategy and with an independent film financier on developing their film and television slate.

April E. Brassard

is calling from LA. She’s from the Washington, D.C. area. She received her BA in Playwriting from the School of Theater at GMU, then her MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2014 in Television Writing. April has worked in the film and TV industry for four years, at the American Film Market, Team Downey, Warner Bros., CBS Studios, and, presently, ABC Studios. Last year she wrote episode 318 of the primetime network drama Scorpion on CBS. She aspires to be a advocate through her writing (including in this podcast!).