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Zoe Kerr is a director, writer, and cinematographer splitting time between New York City and Dallas. Between working as a dramaturg for a movement theater company, educating youth on parole, and being the only woman in a capital financing office (for real), she writes horror that focuses on complicated family dynamics, feminine rage, and the concepts of fate and free will and whether we really have a choice in who and what we become. 

She is currently developing several pilots, including Prey For Us, which was a semifinalist for the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge Pilot Accelerator and the ATX TV Fest Pitch Competition, a quarter-finalist for the Screencraft TV Pilot Competition, was featured on Coverfly’s Red List for Top TV Thrillers, and is a current second-rounder at the Launch Pad Pilot Competition (final placement to be determined).


Her writing and direction has been recognized by the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum, the Austin Film Festival, the Garry Marshall New Works Festival, the Millay Arts Core Residency, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Arts Residency, the Dallas FIlm Alliance Critics Forum, the American Literary Review, the Dramatists Guild, and Writers Digest, among others. 

Awards & Recognition

Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Competition Finalist 2023 for My Best Friend's Body


ATX TV Fest Pitch Competition Semi-Finalist 2023 for Prey For Us


Women's Weekend Film Challenge Pilot Accelerator Semi-Finalist 2023 for Prey For Us

Launch Pad Pilot Competition Second-Rounder 2023 for Prey For Us


Coverfly Red List for Short Story (Prose) 2023 for My Best Friend's Body


Coverfly Red List for One-Hour Thriller Pilot 2023 for Prey For Us

Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction Long List 2023 for My Best Friend's Body


Fractured Literary Micro Fiction Contest Long List 2022 for Something Has Replaced My Husband


Screencraft TV Pilot Competition Quarter-Finalist 2022 for Prey For Us


American Literary Review Contest Finalist 2022 for My Best Friend's Body


Dramatists Guild Fellowship Finalist 2022


Austin Film Festival Second-Rounder for Best Comedic Teleplay 2022 for The Opposite of Love

2022 Writer's Digest Genre Short Story Competition Honorable Mention for My Best Friend's Body

Stove Works' Artist Residency Semi-Finalist 2022


Arts Letters & Numbers Artist-in-Residence 2022

Garry Marshall New Works Festival Semi-Finalist 2022 for In My Hands: A Memory Play


Millay Arts Core Residency Semi-Finalist 2022

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency Finalist 2022


Grub Street Emerging Writer Fellowship Semi-Finalist 2022


2020 Filmed in Dallas Film Competition Critics Best Film for Out of Hand


CultureMap 5 Most Memorable Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Moments of 2020 for Everything Will Be Fine

Action on Film Megafest Selection 2020 for Flicker

Another Hole in the Head Film Festival Selection 2020 for Dansmonster


Dallas Observer Best of 2020 for Best Pandemic Theater Response for Everything Will Be Fine

Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award for Outstanding New Play for Everything Will Be Fine

John and Claire Rosenfield Award for Playwriting for Heartless Bitch

Austin Film Festival Second-Rounder for Best Stage Play 2020 for Heartless Bitch


Dramatists Guild, Member

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Member

Bishop Arts Theatre Center First Move Playwrights Lab 2022, Playwright


Jackalope Theatre Playwrights Lab 2021, Playwright

Dallas Theater Center Playwrights Workshop 2019-2020, Playwright


Kairos: Creative and Literary Magazine — He Me Art, published Fall 2020 


Discernment and Discourse Reader and Guide — Now Let’s Get Information, published Fall 2019


@iamzoekerr on Twitter and IG

Based in TX and NY.

Available for remote work.

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