Unlike the palm trees, Lindsay is native to Los Angeles.
She studied theater at Northwestern University and sketch/improv at the UCB and Magnet Theaters in New York. Since realizing she’d rather write lines than memorize them, Lindsay embraced every opportunity to get into a writers room.
After assisting writer/producer Scot Armstrong (Old School, Road Trip), Lindsay scored a writers’ assistant job on NBC’s Kings. When she returned to Los Angeles — for work and definitely not a guy — Lindsay worked as a script coordinator on Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther where she got her first freelance episode. She script coordinated on NBC’s Free Agents and assisted showrunner Matt Miller (Chuck, Trial & Error) under his overall deal at Warner Brothers. Between answering Matt’s phone and reading submissions, Lindsay launched the blog https://thisiswhyims1ngle.com because spoiler: it didn’t work out with the guy. But it worked out with the blog: Lindsay signed with agents and returned to New York as a staff writer on ABC’s Manhattan Love Story.
Since then, she’s staffed on comedies and dramas at Netflix (Umbrella Academy, One Piece, Prince of Peoria), written a freelance episode of CW’s Supergirl and sold pilots to MTV and Freeform. In features, Lindsay sold You Can Do Better to STX with Queen Latifah attached to star/produce and a live-action adaptation of Emily the Strange to Netflix with Dark Horse Comics producing.
As a former writers’ assistant, script coordinator, showrunner’s assistant, Lindsay has her sights set on filling every job in the writers’ room. And because she fancies herself bicoastal in really slow motion, Lindsay would even consider moving back to New York for the next job. Just not for a guy.
Lindsay is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone and you can find her on the world wide web @lindsaygelfand.
Lindsay Gelfand gives some of the best, most actionable notes I’ve ever received. She is sharp and funny and not only knows her stuff, but provides feedback in such a way you’re inspired to rewrite. You heard me—inspired. To rewrite. It’s bonkers! I took Lindsay’s class because I’d been stuck on a script for more than a year. With Lindsay’s guidance, I now have an outline I love for a pilot I can’t wait to write. (And rewrite.) Lindsay is a terrific teacher. You should take her classes.
TELEVISIONARY with Lindsay Gelfand was by far the best class I’ve ever been in. It really helped me to break down and understand pilot structure. Lindsay is such a warm, knowledgeable teacher with helpful insights into the industry. I signed up to take the class because I wanted to turn an idea I had for a TV show into a pilot. I finished the class with a full outline and have now drafted the pilot. Lindsay’s feedback was so spot on and helpful every step of the way! She’s a gem!