RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2021
Sarah Granger is a writer and producer with a background in technology and media. She studied computer science, playwriting, and screenwriting at the University of Michigan before gravitating to California, where she spent her early career in high-tech. In 2006, Sarah sustained pelvic nerve damage while delivering her daughter, leading to permanent neuralgia and a pivot to writing — first as a journalist and author, then later as a screenwriter.
Sarah now writes dramatic features and series, including science fiction and supernatural. All of her scripts include at least one character with a visible or invisible disability. Her feature screenplay, The Pain-Free Day, was selected as one of 8 juried scripts on the 2020 Disability List curated by The Black List and the WGA Writers With Disabilities Committee as part of the annual Media Access Awards. Sarah’s scripts have been named semi-finalists in Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope and Final Draft’s Big Break competition, finalist in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Lab, runner-up in the Stage32 TV Writing Contest, and winner of Best Feature Script in the Bloodstained Film Festival.
As a producer, Sarah strives to amplify underrepresented voices. She is involved with three upcoming short films slated for festival runs in late 2021-2022 and she is executive producing the feature film, Stay With Me, about a woman’s struggle with borderline personality disorder, set to premiere in early 2022. She is also credited with writing, directing, and co-producing Invasion of Cyberspace, the first cyberpunk stage play.
In 2014, Sarah’s book, The Digital Mystique, was published by Seal Press and became an Amazon bestseller. Her articles have been published in Slate, LA Weekly, The Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, and SFGate. She has been credentialed press at The White House and she has interviewed global leaders in government, technology, media, and entertainment. Sarah has also been a speaker at South by Southwest, the California Leadership Forum, and the Writing for Hollywood Summit and a guest on Good Morning America, CBS, NBC, and NPR.
After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2021 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 8-week, 24-session virtual summer Lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, will take place June 22 – August 12, 2021. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. This Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.
This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation, The Harnisch Foundation, Pop Culture Collaborative, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company
- Gold Sponsors: A&E and Final Draft
- Silver Sponsors: NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS