Alessandra Bautze holds an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a B.A. in The Writing Seminars and Film & Media Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Screenwriting at The University of Iowa.
She has also taught screenwriting at The University of New Hampshire at Manchester, as well as through Baltimore Youth Film Arts. She is a freelance writer who has written for such publications as The Mary Sue, The Millions, and Literary Hub.
Alessandra’s feature screenplays and television pilots often tackle diverse issues of social import and have garnered numerous awards. Most recently, her screenplay RACING THE WOLF GOD won Best Screenplay at the 2021 Anchorage International Film Festival. Set in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of Alaska, this drama follows a 26-year-old Yup’ik woman and former champion musher who, after ten years in prison, faces the challenges of re-entry as she finds herself back in the world of dogsled racing—the exact activity that led to her incarceration in the first place. Like all of Alessandra's work, RACING THE WOLF GOD seeks to reflect the diversity of the American experience while also embracing a socially-concious, realist approach to narrative
Alessandra loves learning new things and embraces new experiences. Two of her favorite pastimes include attending independent films (her go-to arthouse theaters include The Charles Theatre in Baltimore and the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin) and attending multicultural events. Besides independent and foreign film and literary fiction, Alessandra is deeply interested in the French language, culture, and cinema, as well as American Sign Language and Deaf culture. She is an avid fan of Doc Martens, and values individuality.