MARISA KENNEDY IS
THE DIVERSITY EDITOR
FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Diversity Editor | Coordinator | Director
Marisa is a speaker and educator on the topic of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
in the TV & film industry and applies her unique perspective to bring added integrity to your script,
your production company, and your network.
For creators and writers with material that deals with a variety of different and distinct issues and characters,
Marisa works as a Diversity Editor to ensure their story is told in an honest and authentic way.
This allows the story to soar without restricting or alienating potential producers, collaborators, and viewers.
A Diversity Editor expands 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 targeted and marginalized groups.
Marisa also works as a Diversity Coordinator on the ground floor at various stages of production to ensure retention of creative authenticity surrounding diversity in the story.
She also acts as a liaison between teams and networks, especially where BIPOC and team members from other underrepresented groups are concerned.
Problematic practices and culture negatively affect employees and clients as well
as well as the product itself. As a Diversity Director, Marisa works with executives and producers to ensure best practices concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion at the leadership level.
This work is rooted in education around bias, breaking down how our institutions uphold standards of Eurocentric views on what is and is not deemed "professional", as well as tracking data concerning practices of inclusion and diversity.
MARISA OFFERS A VARIETY OF CONSULTING SERVICES.
Marisa is available to provide coverage through the lens of a diversity editor
for creators who are working on material with
LGBTQIA+, fat, inmate/returning citizen, impoverished, adolescent, female, houseless,
elderly, teen parent, and culturally marginal issues and characters.
Marisa can consult with your team at any point during the creative process.
Along with aiding writers during development, she assists directors on set, provides feedback in the editing room, and consults with casting directors, agencies, and marketing teams
where diverse material is concerned.
Marisa creates assessments and training tools catered to your organization that pinpoint
issues pertaining to the unique culture within your institution.
She leads learning sessions for production teams and executives to illuminate biases and to remedy problematic standards and practices within your company.
Marisa is a Judgment Index Agent and is trained and authorized to interpret assessment results for individuals, teams, and companies. This Cultural Audit can provide insight in the following areas:
Compatibility within teams
Whether leadership is aligned around judgment
Creating new teams with intentionality
Illuminating and leaning into employee strengths
Using results to create the path of fullest potential
A Diversity Editor, Coordinator, and/or Director is a great asset on shows with diverse issues as well as on projects that cater to dominant/over-represented groups.
No matter the story, biases are present in scripts and on teams including those with little diverse representation on the page.
Marisa aids in expanding perspectives and offers valuable guidance on these shows as well.
If you're willing to admit that you have blind spots and genuinely care how you present characters who don't come from your same walk of life, Marisa can help with sensitive insights and honest, constructive feedback.
All in all, she's a sincere collaborator eagerly fighting the good fight
to elevate awareness.
It's been a pleasure to work with her on Monument,
and I look forward to having her in our corner for projects down the road.
Creator, Single Rules
Marisa worked as my co-writer for the first three episodes of my digital series, Single Rules,
and then she stayed on my team
as a consultant and Diversity Editor.
I can say with absolute confidence that Marisa is an asset to any team that is lucky enough
to have her.
As a co-writer, she brought pitch alternatives and solutions to the room, always unafraid of sharing
a different perspective.
As a diversity editor, Marisa's input was invaluable in keeping my jokes smart and tasteful, while writing for a group of characters from various backgrounds, many different than my own. She made sure I navigated the line between funny and inappropriate successfully, while staying true to my voice. In fact, Marisa championed my voice and the stories I wanted to tell,
and gave me thoughtful and detailed notes that enhanced my writing.
I'm eternally thankful for the work she helped me produce and can't wait to bring her on
for future projects.
Producer, Two Roads
Marisa Kennedy is a talented screenwriter with actor training which amplifies her ability to edit story and craft character in ways most screenwriters cannot.
As a Black woman with social justice background, she is able to share her background, first hand experience and learned knowledge in screenwriting, which makes her an incredibly effective story consultant who can consult on the rewriting of stereotypically-written characters, with the end result being a screenplay with representative inclusive arcs and dynamic, elevated works of well-structured story.
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). She is the voice of Olivia, the Kahuna of Akala Island on the popular animated series, Pokémon.
Photo by Gili Benita
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.