The Dallas Screenwriters Association Board
President -- Carolyn Hodge (See Sidebar)
Vice President -- Wayne Nichols (See Sidebar)
SECRETARY -- Laura Corene
Laura Corene has been a DSA member for 2 years. She utilizes what she learns at meetings, workshops and library resources to hone her craft. She wrote a short script that was a finalist in the Kansas City Women in film fest 2012. She is working on the re-write of her current full-length feature.
Her favorite movies include: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, ONCE, BEGINNERS, AMELIE.
Treasurer -- Debra Hardy
Debra is a high school math (algebra II, geometry, AP Stats) and physics teacher. She holds a .BA Ed, MA ED, and MBA. Debra has been writing short stories since high school, and screenwriting for the last 6 years. She has one insane dog Zoe (Demon Dog on her wild days but that's another story).
Debra has received wide recognition for her screenwriting. She was a Quarterfinalist for Scriptapalooza, BlueCat, and StoryPros, Action/Adventure finalist for StoryPros (different script), Honorable Mention Comedy Division (rom-com) ScreenPlay Festival (1 of the top 6 scripts), top 15% for Nichols.
Her favorite movies include: THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, SHOOTER, GHOST, BULLITT / THE GREAT ESCAPE (she couldn't choose), and ARMAGEDDON.
Publicity -- Jessica Beaugez
Jessica is a survivor of Good Will Hunting Syndrome, the debilitating pandemic of the final years of the 20th century that deluded all young writers into believing they would sell their first script to a major studio and win an Academy Award by the age of 25.
She has been a member of the DSA for three years and is thrilled to have found a wonderful group of friends who like her very much, just as she is, no matter how many unnecessary Bridget Jones references she makes or obscure '80's horror movie quotes she posts on Facebook.
Jessica received her degree in English and Radio/TV/Film from Texas Christian University and maintains her sanity through a steady diet of Dr Pepper, queso, and satire. She owns more pens than the United States Postal Service.
Her favorite movies include: LOVE, ACTUALLY, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, SUPER TROOPERS, and MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE.
Social media -- cathy bible
About three years ago, Cathy Bible took her life-long love of writing in a new direction when she began writing screenplays. Since then, she has written several short screenplays that have placed well in competitions, and one that is currently in post production. She has several other projects in various stages of completion.
Since "believing in the power of your dreams" is not widely accepted as payment for goods and services, Cathy currently holds a day job as a social media strategist at a Fort-Worth based advertising agency. She lives in North Richland Hills with her boyfriend, her cat, and a small aquatic frog.
Her favorite movies include: FARGO, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, GOODFELLAS, FIGHT CLUB, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Newsletter Editor -- Douglas King
A professional writer for over 20 years, King has written over 500 articles with a focus on film, special effects, and theme park design. From 2003 to 2009 he was the publisher and editor in chief of the luxury design and lifestyle magazine Hawaiian Style.
After attending courses at The American Film Institute, King had two of his television scripts optioned by TriStar Television in the 90s only to languish in ‘development Hell.’ In 2008 he adapted, produced, and directed a short film titled “Archko Confessions” which is available on DVD. He continues to write spec scripts and is developing three video projects for the web.
His favorite movies include: THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, SERENDIPITY, KOYAANISQATSI, SHOOTER, and THE HANGOVER
Librarian -- Alan Tregoning
Alan Tregoning is an award winning screenwriter based in Plano, TX. He has written for both television and film and is a speed filmmaking veteran; having written and produced several films in the 168, 48 and 24 hour film competitions. To date his films have won over 35 awards at various film festivals and contests. He is represented by Marilyn Atlas Management in Los Angeles. Links to his films and scripts are available on his website at www.alantregoning.com
His favorite movies include: GALLIPOLI, WHAT LIES BENEATH, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, ANYTHING PIXAR
Web and graphic design -- A. Paul Myers
Paul is many things: an SEO, web and graphic designer, film-junkie, music-lover, writer, constant-reader, and a pop-culture consumer. His varied experience includes retail management (he was an in-store voice of Geoffery Giraffe), the owner and operator of Virtual Crayon, and contributing writer on two gift books for Word Publishing. He got bit by the filmmaking bug while working on the set of "The Imposter" feature film and has since worked on four independent shorts, one commercial and a music video. He also maintains a website dedicated to the art of Haiku Poetry.
His favorite movies include: STAR WARS, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, SEVEN SAMURAI , and APOCALYPSE NOW.
Carolyn C. Hodge is a screenwriter, producer, and director. Her latest project, “Murder by Mistake” a mystery/thriller short subject film, is currently on the festival circuit.
Carolyn became involved in the entertainment community officially in January of 2006, when she began attending DSA meeting. She joined in 2007 and is now in her second term as President. She's been writing since the third grade, when she self-published her first and only novella. True to a young girl's heart, the story was about horses.
As a U.S. Air Force officer and consummate traveler, she has lived in or visited about one third of the countries around the world and almost 50 percent of states within the U.S. Her Texas roots called her home in 1998. The one consistency that has followed Carolyn as she meandered through life has been writing. She wrote short stories because she loves a good story and enjoys being a storyteller. When her daughter grew up and flew the nest in late 2005, Carolyn was left with her stories and her cat. And then, she decided to follow a dream she had had since she was a very young girl – to write the great American novel or an award-winning screenplay. A lover of movies, music, television and the whole entertainment scene, she decided to try her hand at writing screenplays.
Carolyn has several screenplays in various stages of development and has another short "Emma's Wish" she produced and directed in 2009.
She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with her cat, Shea. Her daughter, Sara, lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Her favorite movies include: CHINATOWN, BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID, 300, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and DR. ZHIVAGO.
Vice President -- Wayne Nichols
Wayne Nichols is a screenwriter and independent filmmaker by evenings and weekends, and a Social Studies Lead Content Teacher for the Fort Worth Independent School District by day. But his most important life pursuit is as a husband to his wife Annie and a father to four great children. He has written, produced and directed 3 award-winning short films with his filmmaking partners. In addition, he has co-written one feature script, Far Enough, which is in development. He currently is producing and directing his first feature film, Texas Tango, which he also wrote. Wayne is also a musician and songwriter who wrote, performed and produced his own CD, The Lost Episodes, comprised of 16 original songs.
His favorite movies include: DOUBLE INDEMNITY, OUT OF THE PAST, MANHATTAN, CHINATOWN, and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.
Scene Reads Director -- Heather Alexander
Wearing many hats in the Production Industry is what I do best. I love to see each production from script to screen. My specialty for the past 12 years has been in Production Coordination, and being a Director Rep. Location Scouting, Production Assistant, Hair and Makeup Artist, assisting in the editing process, have been part of my job description as well. My passion for filming has led me to another creative outlet in Screenwriting for the past 6 years.
I am proud to be a part of the DSA.
Special events -- Scott ROLFE
Scott Rolfe is very versatile within the entertainment industry. As a screenwriter, actor with the Linda McAlister Agency, singer, the choir he sings in did a gospel album with Ann Margret, and soon to be an associate producer on the short film “ Jail Wagon.”
Scott came to the DSA to learn screenwriting after getting Linda so he could form his own company and pursue his passion of Film and Television. A professional writer with excellent editing skills for all forms of writing, Scott is available for creative consulting on any type of project.
Scott is an educator for DISD. He is a cultural expert, and often uses film, television, music and social media at every opportunity to connect with his students. That is the power of film and television.
His favorite movies include: VERTIGO, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, TEN, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.