Shannon Rayne is a West Coast comedy screenwriter, humour essayist, and filmmaker. She writes comedies and dramedies, with driven, emotionally-layered, feisty female characters. She first honed her comedic storytelling skills on stage as a performance poet and storyteller, and further developed her skills during her MFA in Creative Writing, where she studied screenwriting.
This year, she was awarded the MiTribe Short Film Fund for The Procedure, a dramedy featuring Katherine Ramdeen from Supernatural. She is developing several comedy TV comedy pilots, including Bear & Billy which was a semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival this year. Her most recent comedy, “Not a West Coast Girl…Yet” won the Audience Choice Award for monologue at the Vancouver Quarantine Performance Project.
Her screenplays use humour to explore a character’s vulnerability. She often writes about West Coast culture, sexuality, and the emotional (and often surreal) complexity of women’s lives. When she’s not teaching drama, improv, or storytelling to children, she’s writing comedy and dramedy TV pilots and spec scripts.