Dana Marisa Schoenfeld is an actor/writer/director and the founder of Main Sequence Entertainment. Dana began her career in the esteemed NBC Page program at 30 Rock. As an NBC Page, she learned all aspects of working at a Network including an understanding of network programming, development, press, marketing and the daily production and writing involved in the scripted and variety shows. She worked specifically on the legendary programs, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
After NBC, Dana was hired by (now Senator) Al Franken and John Markus to work as a writers’ researcher on their NBC sitcom, Lateline. After the 13 episodes were completed, Dana was hired as a production assistant on Comedy Central's hit, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After working in production on The Daily Show, Dana was hired by the award-winning writer, Glenn Gordan Caron to be his writer’s assistant on his new CBS Drama, Now and Again. When the show was canceled, Dana was hired to be the script coordinator on the popular NBC hit show, ED. Dana was then hired as the associate producer on an independent film staring Zac Efron that was shot in Atlanta.
After six years of working in production, Dana decided to focus on screenwriting. She submitted her first feature script, Family Jewels, to Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s Screenwriting Competition and was awarded a two-year scholarship to study screenwriting at the prestigious Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica, California.
While studying screenwriting at Writers Boot Camp, Dana was hired by the founder, Jeff Gordon, to develop and launch a monthly fellowship program for aspiring screenwriters. As the Fellowship Director, Dana spearheaded all aspects of the monthly competition including marketing materials, partnerships, candidate evaluations, and monthly selection of Writers Boot Camp Fellows.
In addition to winning the scholarship to Writers Boot Camp, Dana’s second screenplay, Jmas, was a runner up in the Filmmakers Alliance International Screenwriting Competition and listed as one of the top five comedies out of thousands of entries. Dana left Writers Boot Camp to executive produce her own television pilot which she co-wrote and starred in.
While in Los Angeles, Dana was hired to write for Sobini films where she completed two screenplays for the company. One of them, she co-wrote with former Lionsgate Chairman and current President of Sobini, Mark Amin. While writing for Sobini films, Dana enrolled in the highly acclaimed acting school, Warner Loughlin Studio.
After developing a solid understanding of acting, writing and production, Dana’s interest evolved and she was curious to learn about the directing side of the process. She accepted a job working for the award-winning director and executive producer, Joel Gallen, on the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanna Barr and on the live multi-network charity event, Stand up to Cancer. Stand Up to Cancer was co-executive produced by Joel Gallen and Gwyneth Paltrow and raised over 100 million dollars for cancer research and treatment.
Dana's love of the entertainment industry transcends writing and producing, and Dana decided to continue to learn and grow as an actor. After spending almost seven years in Los Angeles, Dana moved back to New York City and joined Bruce Ornstein’s Master Theater Class and the Wednesday Repertory Company.
As a member of Wednesday Repertory Company, Dana wrote, directed, and performed in her own one-act plays as well as starred in several of her cast mates work. She then took her one act play, Out of Character, and submitted it to Manhattan Repertory Theater’s ten minute play competition where she directed and starred in it. Out of Character, won the entire competition and Dana was inspired to submit Mushroom Meltdown, her second one-act play. Mushroom Meltdown was a finalist in the competition and she is now developing it into a short film.
Dana’s love of acting flourished and in December of 2014, Dana continued to study at Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop in New York, and with Sarah Baskin at the Actors Greenroom. She attended numerous casting workshops and began to write, direct, and star in a series of short films. In February of 2016, Dana wrote, produced, and starred in the short film, Play it Straight as part of a AGR 72-hour short film challenge. She recently extracted a short script from her feature length screenplay, Dead Drunk, and produced, directed, and co-starred in it. Dana hopes to make the feature film, Dead Drunk, this year.
Dana is proud and honored to have worked in every aspect of the entertainment industry and for a variety of extraordinary people at the top of the field. She has a genuine passion for creating original material. Dana is excited to continue to contribute her writing, performing, producing, and directing talents to the world.