Tanya Steele is an award-winning Writer and Director. Steele was selected for the inaugural elite program created by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer @ImpactImagine. She received an M.F.A. from NYU’s, Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film Program. Her film ‘THE LIVING SILENCE’ won the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) Best African-American Student Filmmaker award. Her screenplay, THE PARACHUTE FACTORY, has has won several awards: including IFP Emergine Narrative and is a Slamdance Winner. Ms. Steele has also written groundbreaking essays on cultural criticism for Shadow & Act/IndieWire, Rewire.com & Yes!, etc. Her essays on politics, Feminism and pop culture frequently go viral. Steele is a former Crisis Intervention Counselor to victims of domestic violence, people who were suicidal, incest survivors and sex offenders.