Bio: Caitlin McCarthy received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best graduate programs in the country. An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has written two feature films: WONDER DRUG, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation script at the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab; and RESISTANCE, a script accepted into the exclusive Squaw Valley Screenwriters Program, which is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Caitlin is also partnering on writing/creating the TV series "Pass/Fail" with Jim Forbes, a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent, and narrator (most notably VH1's iconic "Behind The Music"); and writing/creating the TV series "Free Skate" with renowned figure skating choreographer Michael Masionis interested. Furthermore, Caitlin's TV spec scripts have won awards or advanced in prestigious competitions such as the Austin Film Festival; Final Draft Big Break; and Stage32. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school. Prior to education, Caitlin worked in public relations, where she fostered relationships with the press and crafted messages for companies that were delivered worldwide.
FREE SKATE writer Caitlin McCarthy (on right) with her sister, former competitive figure skater and coach Erin McCarthy Shields (on left), circa 1977. Notice the Dorothy Hamill haircuts!
Bio: Michael Masionis is a renowned ice show producer, director, choreographer and coach interested in working on "Free Skate."
A former National and Eastern US competitor, Masionis trained with the world's greatest coaches such as Howard Nicholson, coach to 3-time Olympic Champion Sonja Heine. As a coach today, Masionis is expert in Figures, Freestyle, Dance, Pairs, Moves in the Field, Artistry and Choreography.
Masionis has experience as a professional show and backstage director for skating spectaculars featured in local, national, and world TV markets, including: "Skates of Gold 1" in Boston and "Skates of Gold 2" in Cincinnati with JoJo Starbuck, which were internationally televised premier ice shows of Olympic Gold Medal winners; "Fall Skating Festival and Plymouth Stars" for Hamilton Productions; and Professional Skaters Association US Open Championships in Worcester, MA.
Additionally, in 2005 Masionis served as First National Coaches Chair on the USFS Program Development Committee for Theatre on Ice; and served as First National Chair for the Professional Skaters Association's Theatrical Skating Committee.