A writer and film historian, L. E. Bond is in her 3rd year of the PhD program in Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She completed her MFA in Film, with a focus on screenwriting and producing, in 2002 from Columbia University where she was awarded the Milos Forman Fund Award for Screenwriting for her screenplay Max Becker. Her undergraduate degree is from Smith College in Theatre and Philosophy. L.E. was active in the theatre, as an actress and director, not only at Smith but also at Hampshire College and UMass, Amherst. She was awarded the Smith College Eliot/Heflin Award for Distinguished Directing in the Theatre.
Prior to returning to school to earn her doctorate, L. E. worked in various fields related to entertainment and education. As well as performing and directing, she worked for 10 years in film, television and the recording industry in Los Angeles and New York, two years coaching acting and public speaking at Stuyvesant High School, and four years working in the labor movement culminating as the Broadway Business Representative for Local 802 AFM. In addition, she taught for 6 years as an adjunct professor of film and communication at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She was also a guest speaker at the Greenwich Film Series in Greenwich, CT from 2007 - 2010.
While at SIU, L. E. has been teaching screenwriting as the instructor of record and has attended academic and artistic conferences presenting a paper at the Women and the Silent Screen conference in Bologna, Italy and her screenplay Max Becker at the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) conference in the summers of 2010. In the summer of 2011, she will present her screenplay, One Bad Day, at the UFVA conference in Boston, MA.
Although currently focusing on historical and critical writing, L. E. is still dedicated to her craft and creativity in various narrative formats, primarily screenwriting. Her varied background in theatre, music, literature and film has influenced her screenplays, which are a mix of history, current events and pop culture and create intelligent commentaries on contemporary society and ideology. In addition to her screenplays and scholarly writing, L. E. also writes fiction and poetry, and trained as a classical pianist.
Reading (anything), writing (everything), film,theatre, music (all kinds), photography, travel, and learning (at all times)
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