RespectAbility Children’s Content Lab for Disabled TV Creators, 2022
Kimberly Manky (she/her) is a writer based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded lands of the the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Kimberly was a writer on ABCmouse’s animated children’s series Everybody’s Garden, which focuses on teaching lessons of diversity, equity, and cultural humility. She has written for ABCmouse, Rakuten, Nickelodeon, and Disney, creating shorts, sharable content, and quizzes like, “Which Golden Girl Are You?” (Dorothy, FYI).
Her comedic TV pilots, specs, and screenplays have placed in numerous screenwriting competitions, and she was a finalist in the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship and a semifinalist in The Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.
She studied Screenwriting at Oxford, Contextual Theology at St. Mellitus College, and received a Master’s Degree (Honors) from the University of London in Screenwriting and Narrative Fiction. Kimberly has also taken Sketch Writing at Upright Citizens Brigade and Improvisation with the Groundlings.
Kimberly writes stories that are full of hope, heart and humanity. She aims to facilitate change and combat public stigmas and self-stigma around mental health and disabilities, and hopes that her writing can bring awareness and understanding to these common human experiences.
She is a Fellow of RespectAbility’s Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities and the RespectAbility + Netflix Children’s Content Lab.
After an extensive search and interview process, 15 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s inaugural cohort of the Children’s Content Lab. This new Lab provides education and training for disabled writers, animators, and creative executives interested in preschool and children’s television and streaming content. Supported by Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, the Children’s Content Lab spans five weeks and includes in-person programming in New York City with production partners 9 Story Media Group and Silvergate Media, a part of Sony Pictures Television.