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Kristyn Benedyk

Assistant Professor // Screenwriting
School of Cinema and Interactive Media
Kristyn Benedyk

CDM 520


Bio and Research Information
Kristyn holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Film and Television from the University of Southern California, as well as an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Education from the University of Iowa.

Kristyn has written and directed numerous short films that have played at festivals nationwide. She most recently wrote and directed the short film, Flat Chested, starring Alicia Witt, Rebekah Ward and Luke Perry. Next up she will be directing the short film, Buttercream. She is also currently developing multiple feature length projects including a reboot of the classic horror film, Carnival of Souls, to be directed by faculty member Matthew Irvine; a romantic comedy entitled Numbers Game; a screen adaptation of her stage play, Stolen Children; and a sitcom pilot called Seeing Red. She is also a published and produced playwright.

Additionally, Kristyn has branched out into producing, beginning with a live-action stop-motion film that will be shooting this summer at Cinespace Studios in Chicago directed by Emmy winning animator, Meghann Artes. She is also in pre-production on an adaptation of the book, Scissors, Paper, Rock, with the film to be written and directed by Brad Riddell. Kristyn has also optioned and is developing numerous additional feature length scripts from highly talented working screenwriters.

Kristyn currently serves as chair of the screenwriting program. She helped launch the MFA in Screenwriting in Fall 2011, and it is now one of the nation's leading screenwriting programs. You can find more information about it here in the DePaul pages or at the Facebook page:

Kristyn also founded and produces the school's annual entertainment writer's conference, Page One. Each year, the event brings in some of the industry's hottest writers including Oscar nominated Bob Gale (Back to the Future I, II, & III), Oscar nominated Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Corey May (WGA Winner for Best Writing for Games for Assassin's Creed I, II, & III), and many more exciting people. This event is free and open to the public so that all Chicago filmmakers have access to these amazing speakers. More information on the conference can be found on its Facebook page:

Before coming to DePaul, Kristyn taught various screenwriting and script analysis courses at Webster University in St. Louis and Arizona State University in Tempe.

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Specific Research Area

Story Structure, Producing
Schedule for Winter 2014-2015
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