MARISA KENNEDY IS THE DIVERSITY EDITOR FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK CITY
For creators and writers with material that deals with diverse issues
and characters, 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.
A Diversity Editor can expand the lens through which your story is told so that it includes the unique perspectives of the characters you've worked so hard to imagine and build throughout your script.
Particularly, characters from underprivileged
and marginalized groups.
A Diversity Editor can consult at various stages of the
development process 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.
Their 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, they're here to add depth and nuance surrounding unfamiliar characters
and issues in your work.
MARISA OFFERS A VARIETY OF SERVICES FROM CONSULTING TO
SCRIPT EDITING TO OVERALL ASSESSMENT.
She is a speaker and educator on the topic of Diversity and Expansion 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
LGBTQIA+, fat, differently-abled, minority religion, inmate/returning citizen,
impoverished, adolescent, female, homeless, disfigured, elderly, teen parent
and racial minority 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.
She works with networks during development,
aids directors on set, assists in the editing room,
and consults with marketing teams.
A Diversity Editor is a great asset on shows with diverse issues as well as on projects that cater to characters and themes that are more mainstream. No matter the story, unconscious biases are present in scripts including those with little diverse representation on the page.
It is necessary to have a Diversity Editor to aid in expanding perspectives
and offering valuable guidance on these shows as well.
Please feel free to contact Marisa for more information
about what she can bring to your work.
Marisa Kennedy is a screenwriter, an educator, 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.