Bio

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. Her screenwriting has won multiple awards; notably, her spec episode of The League was named one of 6 semi-finalists out of 600+ entrants in the sitcom spec category of the 2011 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. It also earned her the distinction of being one of 9 finalists out of 1750+ entrants for the 2012 Warner Bros. Writers Workshop. Kate’s original pilot The Brightest was awarded the Josh Schwartz Scholarship for the best original pilot at USC. She was also a 2010 Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow and a 2011 nominee for the Student Humanitas Prize.

Kate currently serves as an independent writer/consultant for several organizations, including Change.org, for whom she writes many of the emails sent to the organization’s 10+ million members in the US. Kate innovated first-person email writing for Change.org, creating email voices for activists all over the world, including the parents of Trayvon Martin. Kate also ran Change.org’s work with the It Gets Better Project that prompted ten Major League Baseball teams to create videos to inspire LGBT youth.

Kate has several writing projects in development, including television, features, and a stage musical written in collaboration with Ovation Award-winning composer-lyricist Erin Kamler. In her spare time, she enjoys writing a makeup 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.