Meet Khanisha Foster ’17 M.F.A., another example of the impressive and dedicated faculty at Stephens College.

Foster earned her M.F.A. as part of the first class of the program, and serves as associate program director today. 

Her accomplishments are many, and she proudly brings her experience to Stephens: 

  • Host and producer of the podcast How I Wrote That, where she interviews the top women writing for TV and film. Some of the featured guests include Alexa Junge (Grace and Frankie and Friends), Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) and Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away With Murder/Vida).
  • 2017 Fox Fellowship recipient
  • Named, along with Lena Waithe, as one of 18 Black Women We Think Are Phenomenal by Mater Mea Magazine. Also recognized by Role Call: 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know by American Theatre Magazine
  • Featured storyteller on NPR’s The Dinner Party
  • Wrote for Probably Monsters, the video game company founded by the creators of Halo and Destiny, as well as Episodes by Pocket Gems
  • Performed her solo show, Joy Rebel, at Penumbra Theatre directed by Obie Award winner Lou Bellamy
  • In her solo and storytelling work, has partnered with The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, South Coast Rep, Chance Theater, The Mixed Remixed Festival and many more
  • Her essays are published in A Mixtape of Words: Fiction and Nonfiction Stories About Music, Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low Flying Duck, and When Women Wrote Hollywood
  • Associate artistic director of 2nd Story, a TCG Young Leader of Color, and guest artist at the Citizen’s Theatre in Scotland. For stage she has directed For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange at Kansas City Rep, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Lydia Diamond’s adaption of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
  • As an actor, she was in the Tribeca Film Festival selection Chicago Boricua. She also teaches at the University of Southern California.  
  • Completed a two-year study of the multi-racial voice and code-switching on page, stage and screen
There is much to be proud of, but nothing greater than the accomplishments our students are acquiring daily. We already have students firmly in writer’s rooms, winning awards, producing their own content, teaching, collaborating. How lucky am I to stand among them?”
Khanisha Foster M.F.A. ’17, Associate Director, Stephens College M.F.A. in TV and Screen Writing
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