THE DIVERSITY EDITOR
FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
MARISA KENNEDY IS THE DIVERSITY EDITOR FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
IN LOS ANGELES.
For creators and writers with material that deals with unfamiliar issues
and characters with different backgrounds than their own,
Marisa will ensure their story is told in an honest and authentic way, allowing the story to soar
without restricting or alienating potential producers, collaborators and viewers.
WHAT IS A DIVERSITY EDITOR?
A Diversity Editor reads your work with the express interest in identifying and bringing into question characters, language, plot elements and expressions that come across as inauthentic, stereotypical,
idle and one-dimensional.
WHY IS IT BENEFICIAL TO HIRE A DIVERSITY EDITOR?
A Diversity Editor can add depth and nuance surrounding unfamiliar characters and issues in your work.
In a social climate where many underprivileged groups face daily maltreatment, it's important to pinpoint places in your work that might be inaccurate and harmful.
My job is not to influence world, plot or character unnecessarily,
nor is it to stifle or censor offensive comments and behavior coming from unsavory characters.
Alternatively, I'm here to expand the lens through which your story is told so that in includes the unique
perspective of the characters you've worked so hard to imagine and build throughout your script.
MARISA OFFERS A VARIETY OF SERVICES FROM
SCRIPT EDITING TO
She is a speaker and educator on the topic of
Diversity and Inclusion in the tv & film industry
and applies her unique perspective to bring added integrity to your script.
Marisa is available to provide feedback and guidance for creators
who are working on material with
black, LGBTQIA, plus-size and differently abled issues and characters.
She can provide coverage through the lens of a Diversity Editor and/or
consult with your team at any point during the creative process.
Please feel free to contact Marisa for more information about what she can bring to your work.
Marisa Kennedy is an actor, a screenwriter, an educator, a body + influencer, and an advocate for social justice.
A member of both SAG and Actor's Equity, Marisa has performed on Broadway (MATILDA at the Shubert Theatre) and in dozens of plays around the country (including the national tour of BILLY ELLIOT). She has been seen on television with appearances in MR. ROBOT (USA), GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS), and the scripted sketch comedy FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE (TruTV).
As an educator, Marisa has taught for Lincoln Center Education, The Joffrey Ballet School, and Broadway Classroom to name a few. In 2016, Marisa was named Music For Autism's Spotlight Artist for spearheading concerts for autistic children in the New York City area.
She has earned multiple certificates and credits for her studies in Social Justice, Moral Philosophy and Constitutional Law.
Kennedy is the co-writer of an acclaimed web series pilot which has screened more than a dozen film festivals and she has two pilots in development: VIRGINIA BANKS and BUNDLED. She consults as a script editor and has worked with Emmy and Tony Award winning writers, composers and actors for the past decade.
She was featured in FORBES in May 2019 for her work with Final Draft on their Diversity and Inclusion software launched in the same month.
Please reach out for further details.
Rates negotiable depending on project.