Stefanie Woodburn told the Internet she hated cats on her first Twitch stream, and it was all downhill from there.
Well, not all downhill. Twitch was also the key to Stefanie’s success as a writer and performer. As the host on Twitch for Geek & Sundry at Legendary Digital Networks, she built up a following who helped her create the first film to be funded entirely through playing video games. Pole went on to become an official selection in 18 film festivals, winning 5 awards.
Originally from Maryland, Stefanie is a half-Chinese half-Danish/English/Scottish writer/performer with a dance and theater background. But she played it safe at first, graduating from NYU in International Politics & Economics and then working on the business and tech side of entertainment before moving to the creative side.
She became a 2018 Cape New Writers Fellow and a graduate of Ron Howard & Brian Grazer’s inaugural Imagine Impact program, which resulted in Imagine Entertainment currently producing her feature, Pole Boss.
A huge nerd, she’s spoken on Comic-Con, WonderCon, and TwitchCon panels about gaming, hosting, and content creating. She produced a board game doc called Gamemaster, and was the subject of a game documentary The Kids Table, about competitive bridge (their average opponent was 73 years old).
She has written on a Blue Sky Animated Feature as well as in the mini-room for American Pie Presents: Girl’s Rule.
She is repped at Verve. You can find her at Twitter @StefWoodburn.
I appreciated Stefanie as a teacher, and I thought she gave me some terrific notes throughout the class. She came to each session with a warm, inviting energy, while of course being knowledgeable on the subject matter, and she gave time to address every student’s questions about the lesson or what they’re working on and dealt well with some technical issues that are the reality of running a virtual class.
Stefanie Woodburn is an amazing teacher! This class was exactly what I needed to take my project to the next level! With Stefanie’s thoughtful and detailed notes, you can’t fail. Before taking the Feature Lab Development course I would dread outlining. Now that I have the script anatomy tools I have the capabilities to construct a blueprint that will give my script a solid foundation. Writing is most certainly a tedious process and having someone like Stefanie there to collaborate with is an incredible advantage. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her personal experience in the industry and really encourages you to dig deep into your unique POV. I highly recommend her class!
I took the Feature Film Development course with Stefanie Woodburn. Stefanie did an incredible job leading our class. She had the perfect balance of encouragement and enthusiasm, while still challenging us to dig deeper and elevate our stories. I know my script is worlds better having completed this course than it would have been on my own. Much appreciated!