NHMC Series Scriptwriters Program 2019

Meet the Writers!

David Aguilar David Aguilar’s Chicano identity informs his unique perspective as a Los Angeles native who spent his formative years in a place called Hangtown before graduating from UCLA Film School. Recently he’s been selected for the NHMC TV Writers Program in association with NBC and Walt Disney Television as well as to write a short film for the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge. Currently he’s developing Trespassers, a neo-Western feature for director Alex Rivera (The Infiltrators), dramatizing the 1967 New Mexico Courthouse Raid led by controversial civil rights leader Reies Lopez Tijerina. Another feature he has in the works is Clandestino, a generational border-crossing drama he co-wrote for director Richard Goldgewicht (Pablo), presently being set up as a Brazil/Mexico co-production and named a semifinalist for the Nicholl’s Fellowship. Aguilar recently sold his short script Moonlight Malecón to producer Alan Jacobs at Archer Entertainment Group who will include the piece in an anthology of short films for Apple TV. Aguilar has traveled to the jungle of Chiapas, Mexico to live with the Zapatista guerrilla army as well as to Havana for an extended period of time to study Cuban cinema, culture and history. In his life before screenwriting, he organized underground film festivals and concerts in the park as well as participated in various social movements while working as an entertainment news producer at Reelz Channel, a story producer for Cesar Millan aka The Dog Whisperer, a high school teacher and private investigator.  
Augusto Amador Augusto was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and is the son of a Peruvian father music composer and Austrian mother culinary chef. Recently, Mr. Amador was named as recipient of the prestigious 2019 Humanitas Prize New Voices in television writing. In addition, his play, Atacama, was recently named by Steppenwolf Theatre, in their list of notable new plays. His plays have been finalists for the Princess Grace Fellowship, Terrence McNally Award, BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition, runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater Company, listed on 50 Playwrights Project of Best Unproduced Latino Plays, Howlround’s 101 plays by the New American’s on Latinidad, four time semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Conference and many more. His play, The Book of Leonidas, won best play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in NYC. His fellowships include: Public Theater in NYC, The Humanitas Prize in Los Angeles, Latino Theater Alliance/L.A. and Lincoln City Fellowship in NYC. Mr. Amador’s plays have been produced across the country including the Public Theater NYC, Cherry Lane Theatre NYC, Firehouse Theater in VA, Lark Developmental Theatre, San Diego Rep, Arkansas Rep Theatre, Next Iteration Theater in Houston, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Skylight Theater in L.A., Austin Latino New Play Festival and many more. His screenplay, RatCatcher, finished on the TOP 50 Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays (out of 7,500). Upcoming his play, Atacama, is receiving a full production at the Full Circle Theatre in St. Paul, MN in July 2019.  
Danny Dioverd Batista Danny Dioverd Batista is an emerging drama and comedy television writer. He immigrated to Washington Heights in New York City from the Dominican Republic with his mother when he was seven years old. Through the joy of television he quickly adopted the English language, falling in love with the magical box and its transformative power. A Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship put him through Boston University from where he graduated cum laude. He then worked as a junior marketing executive at Showtime Networks and obtained an MBA from the Wharton School of Business where, of all places, he discovered his passion for writing. After graduate school, Danny moved to Los Angeles to focus on becoming a television writer. He landed at Creative Artists Agency before becoming Lee Daniels’ assistant and then a writing apprentice on Daniels’s STAR on Fox. Currently, Danny is a freelance writer on independent projects. He has completed several screenwriting intensives, including Script Anatomy’s Televisionary and Corey Mandell’s Professional Screenwriting and Television Writing Workshops.  
Jose Vicente Chavez   Jose Vicente Chavez is a native New Mexican who grew up with Catholic parents that prayed the rosary every night and went to confession twice a month. Growing up in Santa Fe, he discovered an aptitude for the visual arts, creating short films and writing screenplays in his mid-teens. During his time in college, he directed two short films. After graduating from NMSU with a B.A. in Digital Filmmaking, Jose and his wife moved to Los Angeles to start his career in film. His screenplay, “Miscarriage,” was accepted into six film festivals, and was a finalist for the 2018 Oaxaca Film Fest. His Atlanta spec script, “Ring-Ring,” was a quarterfinalist at Script Pipeline, and was also his submission for the 2019 NHMC Program. Growing up, Jose was always fascinated with the horror genre. This fascination was accompanied by a solemn reverence for horrific acts, as his father tell him stories about the Catholic Saints and how terribly they would suffer. Jose describes his writing as “candlelight horror,” where his stories deconstruct family, religion, sexuality, and identity. He currently resides in Encino, with his lovely wife, Jessica and their two pets, Amber and Penny.  
Venessa Diaz 

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Venessa M. Diaz is a Puerto Rican writer, performer, teaching artist and Down syndrome activist. She is dedicated to performing and creating work that is politically and socially conscious. Her most recent piece, the solo show Organic Sofrito or Other Recipes for Disaster address the issues of cultural norms and mental health. It was a finalist in The Alec Baldwin Fellowship at The Singers Forum, named a bestseller at the United Solo Theatre festival and has performed to sold out crowds in NYC. Venessa began performing at the age of 5. Since then she has performed throughout NYC and abroad with some of Broadways best including recording artists Huey Dunbar, Clint Holmes and Dan Zanes. She is a founding member of accomplished youth theater companies such as the Creative Arts Team (CAT) Youth Theatre and Urban Youth Theatre (UYT). As a Drama Education Specialist, she has taught Poetry Slam, Playwriting, Theatre and Musical Theatre in New York City public schools for over a decade.

Lucien Flores Lucien Flores is comedy writer & director from New York City. Growing up, he wanted to be the first superstar Latino hockey player but soon discovered that writing was much less sweaty. He’s written and directed 50+ videos for Broadway Video, Más Mejor, Funny or Die, The PGA Tour, Google, Nerdist, and others — including a segment on Adult Swim’s “Off The Air” series. He was also a semi-finalist in the Made in NY Writers Room and the Sundance New Voices Lab. Lucien comes from a large Ecuadorian & Italian family and is drawn to writing characters who go all out in pursuit of the American Dream. Ultimately, he strives to tell stories that are both personal and universally relatable, using comedy to tackle serious topics in a way that’s funny and subversive. Lucien likes to kick back by listening to melancholy indie jams, watching Edgar Wright movies, and finding the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Steph Garcia Steph Garcia is a writer and performer based in Los Angeles. Prior to the NHMC TV Writer’s Program, she wrote for the 2019 CBS Showcase and performed in the 2018 NHMC Latino Scene Showcase. Her comedic videos have been featured on Huffington Post and Elizabeth Bank’s WhoHaHa and her podcast That’s My Story, Period has been featured on Vulture, Splitsider and WhoHaHa. She’s also excited to be a writer participating in the 2020 CBS Leadership Pipeline.        
Tony L. Gomez

Born in Hacienda Heights, CA, Tony began his career in the art world in Mexico City before turning to writing and producing segments for “Open Source with Leon Krauze” at Fusion (the ABC/Univision joint venture). Since then, he’s trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade, written sketch shows, and has worked in the writers rooms of THE MAYOR (ABC) and HEATHERS (Paramount) – where he got to co-write an episode. His screenplays and teleplays have placed in the Made in NY Writers Room, Austin Film Festival, Outfest Film Festival, and MACRO Episodic Lab contests. Tony speaks fluent Spanish, and occasionally dabbles in German, but he’d rather not embarrass himself, so don’t ask him

Christina Nieves Christina Nieves is a screenwriter and actor based in Los Angeles, CA. She is passionate about writing intersectional stories that feature people of color and queer folx as the heroes of their own stories. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting from Stephens College. Christina’s full-length play The Only One was featured on The Mix, a curated list of plays recommended by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, as well as a finalist with Quicksilver Theater Company’s Playwright’s of Color Summit. Christina’s acting credits include Iron Fist (Netflix), Difficult People (Hulu), Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS), Bull (CBS) and dozens of plays at regional theaters all around the country. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors’ Equity Association.  
Lisa Timmons Lisa Timmons was born to an alien mother…a legal alien from Colombia, South America, to be specific. It wasn’t until her American-born Army pilot father received his first security clearance that her mother finally became a naturalized citizen. It was at that point that Lisa, sadly, had to stop saying, “My mother is an alien,” a comedic missed opportunity that has haunted her ever since. She enjoyed a unique upbringing across two continents. She was born in Orlando, Florida and moved to Mannheim, Germany, just in time to see the Berlin Wall fall. There, she spent ten years growing up on an Army base and for four of those years, she attended a German high school and became fluent in a super useful language, German. Just in time for senior year of high school and maximum teenage awkwardness, Lisa moved across the Atlantic to Savannah, Georgia. Lisa loves writing and directing sketches, short films and music videos. Her next career goal is to break into TV writing and if you ask nicely, she might send you her half-hour sitcom pilot called Chimping Ain’t Easy, the story of a primatologist entering civilization after studying chimpanzees for the past ten years. Actually, if you make the mistake of showing a hint of interest in reading it, she will probably just email it to you.