Myra Aquino is a writer-director who grew up in Guam and the Philippines, and she’s a recent graduate from the UCLA MFA Directing program.
Most recently, she was selected to participate in the 2021 Women in Film x Black List Feature Residency for her coming-of-age feature screenplay LAMB, the 2022 Athena Writing Lab for her half-hour comedy PUBLIC HEALTH, and her thesis film BEAUTY QUEEN won the 2020 First Place Gold Circle Award from the Caucus Foundation and Best Short Film from the 2021 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Her fantasy short THE GRAY has also gone on to screen at multiple film festivals worldwide. Myra has also received an MD and Masters in Public Health from the University of Miami, and has worked and studied in areas such as the Thai-Burmese border, Kenya, Japan, and Italy. An insatiable learner with a love for both the arts and the sciences, she enjoys exploring complex moral dilemmas through high-concept stories.