Kate's Story

Photo courtesy of Eleanor Morrison.  Unabashed joy courtesy of Disneyland.

Photo courtesy of Eleanor Morrison.
Unabashed joy courtesy of Disneyland.

Kate Stayman-London is a screenwriter, playwright and independent political consultant based in Los Angeles. Kate grew up on the mean streets of Montclair, NJ, where she got tough serving as president of her high school’s Model UN Club and playing Queen Vashti in her synagogue’s celebrated production of West Shushan Story. She received a BA cum laude in English from Amherst College, where she studied playwriting with acclaimed playwright Constance Congdon. Her honors thesis, a play that chronicled the gay rights movement in Argentina, received the Stonewall Prize for Citizenship and Scholarship.

Kate then spent several years as a political field operative for the labor movement based in Washington DC. She was the midwest field rep for the National Association of Letter Carriers, directed the AFL-CIO’s vote by mail program for the 2006 election in Ohio, and finally served as Deputy Director of Field Mobilization for the Alliance for Retired Americans, the umbrella organization for retired union members. Kate then switched her focus to new media as the lead email campaigner for CREDO Action in San Francisco, where she authored emails on a variety of subjects to approximately one million people per week.

Kate went on to earn her MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Kate’s writing has been recognized by organizations including Film Independent (screenwriting fellow), the Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop (top 9 finalist of 1750 applicants), the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (top 6 semi-finalist of 600+ entrants), and the Student Humanitas Prize (official nominee from USC). She has also written for celebrities including the cast of The West Wing, Cher and Kathy Griffin, and many more.

In addition to writing, Kate continues her work in politics, serving as an independent writer/consultant for several organizations. She has written for some of the most recognized activists in the world, such as the parents of Trayvon Martin and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai. She has also presented her "Storytelling for Organizing" training at conferences all over America.

Kate has several writing projects in development, including television, features, a young adult novel, and a stage musical written in collaboration with Ovation Award-winning composer-lyricist Erin Kamler. In her spare time, she enjoys writing a feminist comedy blog and yelling at the New York Mets in hopes that they’ll get better at baseball. She’s sure it’ll happen one of these days.