Script to Screen on the Red Carpet: 2017 WGA

UCSB Script to Screen, hosted by Matt Ryan, was invited to the 2017 Writers Guild Awards and 2017 WGA Beyond Words. The interviews included many Oscar nominees.

Damien Chazelle – Writer/Director, La La Land, WGA Best Original Screenplay Nominee and Academy Award® Nominee for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director

Barry Jenkins – Writer/Director, Moonlight, WGA Best Original Screenplay Winner and Academy Award® Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director

Eric Heisserer – Screenwriter, Arrival, WGA Best Adapted Screenplay Winner and Academy Award® Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay

Allison Schroeder – Screenwriter, Hidden Figures, WGA Best Original Screenplay Nominee and Academy Award® Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay

Jeff Nichols – Writer/Director, Loving, WGA Best Original Screenplay Nominee

Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick – Screenwriters, Deadpool, WGA Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees

Noah Harpster – Screenwriter, Transparent and Actor, One Mississippi

John Rothman – Actor, One Mississippi

Jeff Goldblum – Actor

Mykelti Williamson – Actor, Fences

Todd Black – Producer, Fences

Gil Birmingham – Actor, Hell or High Water

William H. Macy – Actor

Richard Curtis – Writer/Director, Love Actually and Screenwriter, Notting Hill

James Woods – Actor

Oliver Stone – Director

Aaron Sorkin – Screenwriter, The Social Network


Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan is Director of the Pollock Theater where he pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which professionalizes students by developing production skills with hands-on experience. Ryan created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests like Oscar® winning screenwriter John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave and Oscar® winning screenwriter Alan Ball for American Beauty.

Matthew Ryan began his career as a video librarian at the legendary Kaufman Astoria Studios. He became Associate Producer for Fox Movietone Newsreels putting together video packages for news stories. As Events Manager at New York University’s Cantor Film Center, he produced a series of film programs that included evenings with Martin Scorsese, Tim Robbins and Alec Baldwin. In 2008, he received an MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. His primary writing focus is science fiction and comedy.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and The Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted and executive-produced by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.