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Cara Greene Epstein
Writer. Director. Actor. Educator.
Cara Greene Epstein is not a doctor, but she has played one on TV.
As a creator, Cara uses heart and humor to explore challenging social dynamics, the world around us, and our very human desire to find somewhere we belong.
Her award-winning first feature film Dragonfly, which she wrote and co-directed, is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Cara's next feature project, Activated, earned her the Athena Film Festival Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and is currently in development.
In her viral TED Talk How Theater Weathers Wars, Outlasts Empires, and Survives Pandemics, Cara focuses on how we can use this time apart to build a more just, representative, and beautiful world together, on stage and off. This talk is heavily informed by Cara's work as a mentor teaching artist with Steppenwolf and Looking Glass theatre companies in Chicago and with Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC.
As a TV writer, Cara was selected for the 2018 and 2019 SeriesFest Writer's Room Series, for which she developed and wrote episodes for Unreal Media's Drop Shot Divas and Growing Up Old. She's a Sundance Writers Lab finalist and her scripts have placed at the Austin Film Festival for three-years running.
Cara also works as a creative process and facilitation consultant for all sorts of organizations, from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. She holds degrees from Cornell University, the Old Globe/University of San Diego MFA Acting program, and the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting. You might also want to ask her about motherhood, competitive swimming, and how to portage a 75lbs canoe through the wilderness.
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