The Team

TAWNYA BENAVIDES BHATTACHARYA, Founder & CEO

Tawnya Benavides BhattacharyaA screenwriting teacher for the past 18 years, Bhattacharya launched Script Anatomy in 2011 just as her career was taking off. Her objective: to use her experience of breaking into the TV industry and building a career to help other writers do the same.

She created a unique writing curriculum with trademark tools for development, writing and rewriting, which have helped hundreds of writers get a job writing for TV, find representation, or sell pilots, screenplays and novels.

As a guest instructor, Tawnya has brought the Script Anatomy method to the Disney | ABC Writing Program, The WGA Foundations, WGFestival, the Austin Film Festival, the Producer’s Guild (PGA) Power of Diversity Workshop, Carleton College, NIKE, Hugo House in Seattle, the Willamette Writers Conference, Stage 32, The International Screenwriters Association, TV Writers Fund, Backstage Pass, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the CineStory TV Writers Retreat in Idyllwild. Her column “Your TV Guide“ can be read in Script Magazine. She’s also been a guest on several podcasts, including Scripts & Scribes, Sell Your Screenplay, The TV Writers Podcast, and On the Page.

Bhattacharya and her writing partner, Ali Laventhol, are currently Co-Executive Producers on Netflix’s My Life With The Walter Boys. They have written on over a dozen shows including: Bel Air (Peacock), Ginny & Georgia (Netflix), A Million Little Things (ABC), Famous in Love (Freeform)The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT)The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA), as well as Amazon’s Shelter, based on a Harlan Coben trilogy, and Salsa for Apple.

They have also written TV movies: The Girl In The Attic, A Tangled Web based on Leslie Rule’s true crime book, and Torn From Her Arms based on Ginger Thompson’s breaking story for ProPublica which ended Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy and family separation at the border. Torn was nominated for 3 Imagen Awards and garnered a win for actress Judy Reyes.

The Team did the WGA Showrunner Training Program, 2023, and are NBC Writers on the Verge fellows. Bhattacharya also did FOX Writer’s Intensive. The duo is repped by Range Media and Morris Yorn.

Bhattacharya, an alumnus of Cornish College of the Arts Conservatory, studied acting and playwriting, and interned with playwright, Marie Irene Fornes and New City Theater in Seattle. She has performed in Seattle, Chicago, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and LA.

Kevin TownsleyKEVIN TOWNSLEY (Director of Development)


Kevin Townsley has been staffed on multiple comedies (GOOD TIMES, Netflix) and drama series (LIE TO ME, Fox), and has also written two comic books and a novella. He’s a writer’s writer, a long time instructor at Script Anatomy, and an agent’s staffing nightmare because no one knows what box to put him in.

As an assistant Kevin worked on over a dozen shows and various pilots before he landed on Shawn Ryan’s desk. He assisted Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman for Shawn’s production company MIDDKID PRODUCTIONS (THE SHIELD, TERRIERS, THE UNIT).  This is where received his “Masters in showrunning” from watching Shawn run multiple shows simultaneously all while developing new shows.

Kevin graduated from the The University of Arizona (The Harvard of the Southwest, or at least that’s what he tells him mom) with a double major in Cultural Anthropology/Spanish, and he’s traveled and lived in 27 different countries. Kevin recently spent a year living on AIRBNB all around Los Angeles before he settled into the mountain enclave of Topanga, where he now lives in a yurt. He’s currently working on GOOD TIMES for Netflix and adapting a comic book for Zenescope Entertainment.

Mariyam MahbubMariyam Mahbub (Class Coordinator)


Mariyam developed an overactive imagination as a way to escape a tumultuous childhood in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. Informed by her early experiences, she creates work with a global perspective and her flair for fantasy lends itself to extensive world building and unique characters.

She has been shortlisted for Sundance’s New Voices lab, a semi-finalist for Screencraft’s Sci-fi & Fantasy competition, quarter-finalist for Final Draft’s Big Break and an official selection of Film Independent’s Project Involve. She was awarded the LMU Fellowship grant and her short film, Wednesday, was acquired by HBO where it is currently streaming. As an alumna of the Film Independent/LMU Incubator Lab Mariyam also wrote, directed, and produced an eight-episode web series, Contemporary Mating Rituals, currently in consideration for streaming on HBOMax. Her pilot Huseins’ Hut was an official selection of the MPAC Hollywood Bureau & Familiar Stranger Lab in 2020.

 Previously, Mariyam worked in international sales for feature films at Global Road Entertainment as well as TV development for YA and social impact stories at Anonymous Content. Most recently, she served as writers’ assistant on the upcoming superhero series, Dalit. Mariyam is passionate about the #PayUpHollywood movement and a proud member of YEA! (Young Entertainment Activists) and Muslim Women Who Brunch. Mariyam received her MFA from Loyola Marymount University and studied abroad at the University of Cambridge.

Mackenzie RohanMackenzie Rohan (Admin Coordinator)


Screenwriter Mackenzie Rohan is a former musical theater nerd, Catholic school kid, and endless optimist. Rohan’s writing focuses on female-driven, coming-of-age comedies that challenge the traditional stories we are told and the stories we tell ourselves.

A graduate of Syracuse University’s Department of Drama (BFA), she can be seen on screen in Hulu’s The Binge for a sensational seven seconds and has worked as a Set Production Assistant for Disney+, an Art Production Assistant for TikTok, and a Locations Production Assistant for Ondamax Films. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus and PBS’s American Portrait: A National Storytelling Project.

Outside of writing, Rohan has worked as a passionate performing arts teacher, savvy social media manager, overwhelmed researcher, nurturing nanny, and creative copywriter. A San Francisco native, and first-generation Irish-American, Rohan lives and works in Los Angeles. www.mackenzierohan.com

Crystal WalCrystal Wall (Social Media)


Now residing in Los Angeles, Crystal Wall is a Cuban-American screenwriter and novelist from Florida. She enjoys writing messy characters and coming-of-age narratives across genres, from romantics comedies to fantasy dramas.

A first generation college student, she studied Journalism and Psychology at Northwestern University, then worked as a Lifestyle and Entertainment Associate Editor at Business Insider for over two years. 

She published a romantic comedy short story in author Georgia Clark’s newsletter, Heartbeat, as well as non-fiction articles in publications like Time and Elite Daily. Crystal also was a quarter-finalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Screenwriting Contest for her co-written fantasy pilot. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her rewatching Mamma Mia or derailing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. 

Sasha FeilerSASHA FEILER (Events)


Half-Russian and half-Ukrainian, Sasha Feiler fled Siberia for New York at 19. Following a stint as a sandwich board sign holder and exotic dancer, she graduated from Brooklyn College with an MFA in Television Production, and worked as an Editor and Producer at CNN. Since moving to LA, Sasha has performed at iO West, UCB and Second City and performed at Austin’s Out of Bounds Comedy Festival with her one-woman show “From Psyberia with Love”.

Sasha has written for Robot Chicken (Adult Swim) and worked on Broadway Video’s narrative comedy series for Audible. She was also a fellow at The Colony, A3 (formerly Abrams) Agency’s incubator for emerging writers. The execs at The Colony attached themselves as Producers to her pilot Queen Bitch about a socially challenged dog trainer.

Sasha currently hosts a comedy podcast Shut Up I Love It and trains her dogs to work in Film and Television. Most recently, she was a handler to her Entlebucher Shark, who was a series regular in an upcoming TV comedy series starring Natalie Palamides. Sasha is repped by Bellevue Management.

Syeda LeeSYEDA LEE (Community Outreach)


A native New Yorker, Syeda has been a script supervisor on 15+ independent films, while working in outreach and engagement at Gotham Writers Workshop, one of NYC’s oldest online writing schools.

While she continues to enjoy encouraging others to craft their stories, she wrestles with her own. Following studies in both Psychology and Creative Writing at Brandeis University, Syeda writes emotionally rich, character driven TV comedies that explore the duality of our inner and outer lives, and the haphazard dynamics of the family you choose.

Now on the west coast, Syeda relishes any opportunity to get writers together to connect and network in fun, organic ways. In her spare time, she disappears into hours of animated television, indulges in DIY crafts and sewing, and tries, but doesn’t quite do enough yoga.

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