WRITING NEWS: Made It to the Top Ten!

All the way back in October 2015, I started the first round of a short screenwriting contest via NYC Midnight.

Each round allowed 48 hours to write a 5-page script based on an assigned genre, location, and object that had to be included at some point in the story.

Here’s a sample of my assignment parameters:

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The competition wrapped up back in January and results were shared recently. I received a 7th place Honorable Mention, placing me in the top ten out of over 600 writers.

I’m proud of this achievement and now have three different short scripts I hope to produce in and around Columbus, OH over the next year. Which is a whole new level of “insane voluntary undertakings that will shorten my life”.

P.S. If you like just HAVE a bunch of extra cash and want to patronize the arts or something, maybe let me know…


PREMIERE: Finding St. Isabel

Yesterday, I attended the premiere of Finding St. Isabel. The theater was packed and the audience definitely seemed to enjoy the hard work that dozens of talented crew members put into making this film happen. A few lazy actors contributed as well…

Here’s one, on the right:

Dianna Craig and Nikki Rodriguez at Finding St. Isabel Premiere

Forgive the terrible lighting. We are both actually very cute.










Also pictured on the left is director Nikki Rodriguez, who sacrificed a lot of sleep to bring Suzanne Rivecca’s short story “Look, Ma, I’m Breathing” to vibrant life.

I couldn’t be happier to have been a part of this project. Now, Nikki and her crew are submitting the film to festivals around the country. So excited to see how Finding St. Isabel makes its way through the world!


Props to the Props Department!

I’m working on a film right now called Finding St. Isabel. My character is an author who has a love-hate relationship with not only her lapsed Catholic faith, but also the book she wrote about her experience.

Here’s the cover:







Overnight bookstore shoot totally worth my distorted sense of time and date today. I am very excited to see this film come together!


WORK IN PROGRESS: Finding St. Isabel

We’re halfway way there! I’ve been lucky enough to be hard at work the past two weekends, shooting a great short film called Finding St. Isabel.


Emoting so hard…

I play Isabel, a lapsed Catholic woman who lied about seeing the Virgin Mary when she was a child. Her lie meets a series of coincidences that make her a national news sensation. She finally admits her lie and goes on to write a book about her experience. Now a best-selling author, Isabel finds herself the object of unwanted attention from a potential landlord who understands her far better than she is willing to admit…


On location in West Virginia this past weekend.

I am so excited to see and share this finished film. Look out for more news in April 2016!




I recently booked an exciting role in a short film, shooting in mid-Ohio in June/July 2016. I will play Nellie, in the film of the same name.

Award-winning writer Steph Greegor brings her sophomore directorial effort to audiences with her short film thriller, “Nellie.” “Nellie” is the story of a prison janitor, John, who happens upon a horrendous crime on his walk home late one night. In a matter of seconds, John must decide not only his fate, but Nellie’s as well.

Our first shoot was still photography, to promote the film and our funding efforts.


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CASTING NEWS: Apartment 304

I’m going to play an FBI agent!

I was recently cast in a short project called Apartment 304. It will shoot in Columbus, Ohio and may evolve into a longer series.

In this action/drama short (and maybe pilot), Chad Leonard is a troubled veteran dealing with ongoing poverty and addiction issues at home plus the outside pressures of his military past, in the form of ME. I play Agent Edwards, Chad’s former handler in a covert government program, and I am calling him back into service.

Apartment 304_Agent EdwardsActor, writer, and producer B’Nard Lewis is collaborating with local veterans’ organizations to improve story authenticity and to promote and help fund the film.


Short and Sweet!

I won… A very, very short story contest. Also known as: flash fiction!

Flash fiction is incredibly fun because it combines some of the linguistic flexibility of poetry with the storytelling power of prose. Lydia Davis is a pretty well-known author in this area.

I enjoy the challenge of attempting to pack a big punch into as few words as possible. In this case, just fifty.

Here is my story:

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Here is the link to the contest results announcement, on the host website. They are a great resource for writers!