Writer, Director

Kase Pena was born and bred in New York City. She is a Latina Transgender woman of Dominican descent and a versatile writer/director who loves working across all platforms: Commercials, Features, Television and documentaries. Kase is mostly interested in relating human stories; the kind that tug-at- the-heart and have long staying power. Some of her favorite films and TV shows include: "The People vs. OJ," John Ridley's "American Crime" “Vera Drake,” “Mean Streets,” “Bicycle Thief,” “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Kase has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious Fellowships in the industry, including The Ryan Murphy TV Director Mentoring Program; The Latino Lens Narrative Shorts Incubator, sponsored by Time Warner; The Outfest Screenwriting Lab, where she workshopped her evocative feature length screenplay, I Love Hate, loosely based on true life events. She's also received an additional Fellowship in Screenwriting from Film Independent Project Involve. An active member of the Writers Guild, she is (to date) the only known Transgender Latina woman to join the Writers Guild of America West. Kase recently completed Principal Photography on Full Beat, a seven- minute short film, that she's directed as part of the Latino Lens Directing Program.

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