A recipient of the Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s 2018 Al Magee Diverse Screenwriters Award, Veronika Pazis a writer for television – although she has an idea for a feature if anyone would like to talk about it.
A playwright since her youth, Paz graduated from Ryerson University in Television Production and studied sketch writing at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade. She has held many roles on film and TV projects in Canada and the U.S., including Alias Grace (CBC/Netflix) and True North (NFB/Red Bull). She also directed music videos for Toronto artist Bossie, and episodes for the web series, Sistershow (2017). As an actor, Paz trained at Pro Actor’s Lab in Toronto and Barrow Group Theatre in New York. She starred in the short film, Try Hards (2016, dir. Liza Friedman), and appeared in the feature film, Clean (2016, dir. Graham Wright), as well as several other web-based projects. Paz’s writing explores the space between comedy and drama from a strong female perspective, focussing on stories that are truthful, intelligent and darkly funny. She has a number of unproduced TV scripts, short films, and an impressive portfolio of twitter drafts.
Which TV show’s writing room do you wish you could have been a part of and why?
"Definitely Veep, where the insults are hilarious and hurtful and endlessly creative. Creativity is important when telling somebody to **** off."