I'm an actor, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, MFA Sarah Lawrence College (27 Dresses, The Last Poker Game, see resume at lyralenkaye.com) and screenwriter (Winner, 2015 Meryl Streep Writers Lab, Finalist, 2016 Half the World Literati). I write strong female protagonists in every possible genre! And love to play them!
Unique traits: Professional yoga instructor. Good at accents. Speaks Spanish.
Run from Fire Thriller An advocate for rape victims is put to the ultimate test—when a local fireman's wife escapes his reign of terror, he confronts her advocate with a violence that turns the counselor into the client.
The Last Poker Game
Film (Comedy and Drama) Actress Dr. Abe Mandelbaum has just moved into a new manor with his ailing wife. After forming an unlikely friendship with a womanizing gambler, their relationship is tested when they each try to convince a mysterious nurse that they are her long-lost father.
Film (Short, Drama, Horror and Mystery) Actress Withdrawl is a surreal drama that tells the story of David, a young gay man who locks himself in his apartment after his boyfriend breaks up with him due to his long-term addiction to prescription pain killers. As David suffers through his isolation with his stuffed squirrel Alvober as his only companion, he falls deep into his mind and unlocks the secret to his addiction. Written by Anonymous
Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actress Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack. Intrigued by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, they have Ben make hundreds of thousands of dollars in winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition to Harvard and then back out. But as fellow card counter, Jill Taylor, predicts, Ben becomes corrupted by greed ... Written by matt-282
Film by Fox Features, Anne Fletcher Actor
Film (Comedy and Drama) Actress Eccentric Jeffrey Mannus is 29 years old and still lives at home with his mom, Jan. He sees no reason to alter this arrangement, but his perfect world is upended when Jan meets Mert, a motivational speaker. Mert successfully woos Jan and moves in on Jeffrey's territory, something Jeffrey will not tolerate. Jeffrey enlists the aid of an unlikely ally, an aspiring singer-songwriter, Nora, with an anti-establishment penchant and a soft spot for him. As the war between Mert and Jeffrey escalates, something unprecedented happens -- slowly, to both his own surprise and horror, Jeffrey discovers his inner adult. Written by WIP
Escape from the Night
Film (Mystery, Short and Thriller) Actress "The terrible nightmares that terrified Kyle as a child have suddenly resurfaced. His therapist, Dr. Mindell, tries to help him piece together the significance of his dreams. But then Kyle starts to notice clues in his nightmares. If only he can decipher them..." Written by Robert Smithline
Finalist, Half the World Literati in Screenwriting, Run from Fire
Winner, Meryl Streep-funded Writers Lab, Saint John the Divine in Iowa
Finalist, Roy W. Dean Awards, Saint John the Divine in Iowa
Semi-finalist, Pride Plays and Films, Saint John the Divine in Iowa
Finalist in Playwriting, Massachusetts Council of the Arts, Ladders to God
Winner, Stanley and Eleanor Lipkin Prize in Playwriting, Ladders to God
Winner, Amazon Poetry Slam, The Training
Winner, Amazon Poetry Super Slam Finals, For Whom Did You Write the World
Pushcart Prize Nomination in Fiction, The Watcher`
Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY)