Madeleine OLNEK is a New York City based playwright and filmmaker. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for her third feature film, Wild Nights With Emily, which premiered at SXSW 2018. Her debut feature Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same premiered at Sundance 2011 and screened at MoMA and The Viennale. Her second feature The Foxy Merkins, included screenings at Sundance 2014, BAM Cinemafest, Lincoln Center, and an NYC theatrical run at IFP. OLNEK was awarded best female short film director at Sundance in 2009, by LA’s Women in Film organization. As a playwright, OLNEK has been commissioned by Dixon Place, the Atlantic Theater, The Actor’s Theater of Louisville, and the Public theater. She is one of the authors of A Practical Handbook for The Actor, a widely used acting textbook. OLNEK graduated from NYU with a BFA in drama, holds an MFA in playwriting from Brown University, and earned an MFA in film from Columbia University as a William Goldman Screenwriting Fellow.