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Lena Waithe        

Emmy Award-Winning Screenwriter & Actress; Known for "Master of None"

Lena Waithe is one of Hollywood’s most promising up-and-coming talents, who continues to grow her body of work with diversity, charisma and comedy. One of Hollywood Reporter’s “TV Breakouts”, Waithe expertly taps into emerging cultural sensibilities with a sharp wit, speaking to myriad experiences from her unique perspective and challenging audiences to think outside of conventional norms. Waithe first made headlines in front of the camera as Denise, friend to Dev (Aziz Ansari) in the critically acclaimed Netflix series "Master of None,” whose second season premiered in May 2017. She will next be seen on the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, to be released Spring 2018.

She is a writer and actress, known for Bones (2005), Hello Cupid (2013), Save Me (2011), and Master of None (2015). She is the Creator and Executive Producer of her own series, The Chi (2018).

Waithe is a former writer for the Fox television series Bones, a writer for the 2012 Nickelodeon sitcom How to Rock, and a producer on the 2014 satirical comedy film Dear White People. Waithe wrote and appeared in the YouTube series Twenties which was produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment and optioned in 2014 by BET. In addition to writing and directing the short film Save Me, which was shown at several independent film festivals, Waithe wrote the 2013 web series Hello Cupid and the 2011 viral video "Shit Black Girls Say".

In 2014, Variety named Waithe as one of its "10 Comedians to Watch". In August 2015, Showtime network commissioned a pilot for an upcoming series, written by Waithe and produced by Common, which tells a young urban African-American man's coming-of-age story. Both Waithe and Common grew up on Chicago's South Side.


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