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Maria Escobedo

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Maria Escobedo is a native New Yorker with a BFA in film from New York’s School of Visual Arts. She studied screenwriting at NYU, playwriting at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and earned a TV Writing Fellowship from ABC/Disney.  Maria’s writing credits include ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and HULU’s Emmy nominated Original Series East Los High

Maria has written original movies for Lifetime, Disney Channel, and developed an original TV pilot for Nickelodeon.  She has also written for several animated shows on Nick Jr., Disney Jr., and NBC’s Sprout.  Maria is very proud to have worked for two of the most influential women in television: Shonda Rhimes and Dora the Explorer! 

On the feature side, Maria’s very first screenplay, which she wrote with her partner and husband was optioned by Citadel Entertainment. Their second screenplay, Rum and Coke was produced as an independent film, which Maria also directed, and garnered critical and popular attention at international film festivals.

Maria is a proud member of the Writer’s Guild of America and has been Chair of the Latino Writers Committee for the past four years. Maria also served as Adjunct Professor in Film/TV/Media at LaGuardia College in NYC, and taught directing at Film/Video Arts, NYC.