Tanya Steele is an award-winning Writer and Director. Steele 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 multi-award winning feature film screenplay, which she will also direct, THE PARACHUTE FACTORY, has been optioned w/ Financier and is currently in development. Ms. Steele also writes groundbreaking essays on cultural criticism for Shadow & Act/IndieWire, Rewire.com & Yes!, etc. Her essays on politics, Feminism and pop culture frequently go viral. She is also penning her Memoir. Steele is a former Crisis Intervention Counselor to victims of domestic violence, people who were suicidal, incest survivors and sex offenders.