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. Her screenplay EIGHT DAYS IN ’88, a drama about identity, empowerment, and belonging set against the backdrop of the Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University, the world's only liberal arts university for the deaf and hard of hearing, placed in the top 15% of all entries in the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Her screenplay SAVING SHENANDOAH, a drama about a teenage girl in foster care who goes to great lengths to protect her late foster mother’s young biological daughter, was among the top three winning screenplays in the New Hampshire Film Festival Screenplay Competition. A live reading of the script took place in Seattle in April,2017 in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival.
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.