“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”
- Stephen King
I'm Makena Metz
I am an LA native, a writer for the page, screen, and stage, and I believe that writing is magic.
I'm getting my MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Chapman University's dual degree program and am a proud member of DGA, ASCAP, SCBWI, WIA, CMA, and the SCL.
This fall, my short script “Grow” was published with The Clockhouse Review Literary Magazine for Volume 9, my short story “The Tea Shop” was published with For Page and Screen Magazine Issue 2, and my monologue “Reflection” is being published with WE:US Monologues for Gender Minority Characters Anthology in the next few months. Additionally, my animated (half-hour) pilot Theo’s Grand Adventure placed #13 on The Red List on Coverfly in September, 2022.
This last year, my song “Race Against Time” (co-written with Angela Parrish and Dan Povenmire) premiered in Episode 2: “Math Punch!” of Hamster & Gretel on Disney Channel. I was chosen as a mentee through MAESTRA music and also as an Emerging Artist NEXT Literary Fellow for The Braid Theatre Company. My poem “Arrivals” was published with Brave Voices Literary Magazine, my play “Death Bites” was published by Next Stage Press for their “Disability Forward!” Anthology, and my poem “Light Through Water” was published with The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls Oceanic Literary magazine.
Take a look at published, written work, my works in progress, and upcoming ideas!
As someone with multiple marginalized, intersectional identities, I love to write about weirdos, misfits, and nerds.
My background as a California native, having a large, extended non-related family, and being a chronic illness and cancer survivor has highly shaped the stories I want to tell. Addressing how to navigate the issues of today in our ever changing world is at the forefront of my work.
My mother once told me that though I’ve gone through a lot of medical trauma in a short amount of time, she is constantly surprised by the amount of empathy I have for others. As an Aquarius, I can attest that I identify as an empath, one who once thought I had to constantly turn off their emotions, to prevent myself from getting caught up in everyone else's. Now, I know this logic to be false. It is not through the bottling of emotions that we thrive as humans and as artists; it is through the constant pain of facing our emotions and working through them that we succeed. I am not afraid to look at anyone’s pain - mine or others, and examine why it started in the first place, and what we can do to address it, validate it, and let it go.
To heal trauma and foster empathy in our culture, I want to write the stories of today that push the boundaries of theatricality and imagination. I want to engage my audience, make them think as well as feel, and create the next generation of not only thinkers, but doers.
MFA in Creative Writing
MA in English
I attended Chapman University's Dual Degree Program - MFA Creative Writing / MA English. I maintained a 4.0 GPA while working as a Graduate Student Instructor, an assistant to the MFA program, and a Writing Center Tutor. I wrote and defended two thesis projects. I learned from notable teachers such as James Blaylock, Anna Leahy, and Mildred Lewis.
BFA in Theatre Direction
Minor in Playwriting
Columbia College Chicago
I attended Columbia College Chicago's BFA in Theatre Direction Program and Minored in Playwriting. I maintained a 3.5 GPA while directing a show a year and assisting in other forms (stage management, dramaturgy, etc.) on other productions. I rehearsed and saw my thesis project performed. I learned from working industry professionals in the Chicago theatre scene, such as Mickle Maher, Tom Mula, and Andi Dymond.
Additional Classes through: The Dramatists Guild Institute, New Musicals Inc., The Musical Theatre Writers Collective, ESPA Primary Stages, Chicago Dramatists, and The Second City