Board of Directors
Robyn Greene Arrington is an award-winning creative executive with varied experience in the media industry and a Stowe Story Labs Mentor. As VP of Programming & Production at TV One, she is an integral part of the team that shapes the network’s creative vision which includes scripted, digital, factual and reality content. Greene Arrington also serves as an Executive in Charge of Production for the network. Her current projects in that role are ”Bobbi Kristina," an innovative biopic; and "Two Sides of the Truth," an investigative crime & justice series that award-winning actress Viola Davis will narrate and executive produce.
Alex Boden: Based in the UK and increasingly working internationally, Producer Alex Boden enjoys being at the centre of the Film and TV industry through the Pistachio Pictures group of companies, launched in 1999.
With 500+ festival selections to date, current projects include the ground-breaking Netflix Original series SENSE8 from the Wachowskis and the INTRIGO films, all releasing in 2018. Other credits include Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis’ CLOUD ATLAS with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Ed Zwick’s DEFIANCE with Daniel Craig, Susan Jacobson’s Fantasporto-winning thriller THE HOLDING and Florian Habicht’s film about Britpop legends PULP, which premiered at SXSW, winning NME Best Music Film.
Alex is a returning mentor to Stowe Story Labs programs.
Stacey Davis is an award-winning filmmaker and entertainment lawyer. She made her directorial debut in 2019 with her dramedy short CHERRY (starring Virginia Newcomb, DEATH OF DICK LONG, Sundance 2019) and her short documentary PIE IN THE PUSS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF PIEING IN FILM, with upcoming screenings at DC Shorts Fest, Edmonton International Film Festival and Cucalorus Festival. Her debut film, THE SIBLING CODE (wrote/produced), screened at over a dozen film festivals, including Nantucket Film Festival.
Her most recent script, the political drama, THE PARTY, is in development with producer Ash Christian or Cranium Entertainment (MILES, PAPER SPIDERS). She is currently producing two films from Stowe alums, ELECTRIC BLEAU (with Jill Scott, written by alum Jen West) and RADISH BABY (written by alum Via Bia).
Her screwball comedy BURYING THE LEAD won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2017 Broad Humor Film Festival, and she has placed in the following competitions: Nicholl Fellowship; Page (Top 25 in Comedy) and Austin Film Festival. She has participated in Squaw Valley’s Screenwriting Conference, the Stowe Story Labs’ Narrative Lab as well as its Writer’s Retreat program.
She’s executive produced over a half-dozen films, including SWORD OF TRUST (SXSW, dir. Lynn Shelton; starring Marc Maron), LITTLE SISTER (SXSW, dir. Zach Clark, starring Addison Timlin, and named by “The New Yorker” as the best film of 2016) and 1985 (SXSW, dir. Yen Tan, starring Cory Michael Smith).
As an entertainment lawyer, she’s represented A24, Plan B Entertainment, Tadmor Entertainment, Erwin Brothers Entertainment and others on a variety of projects. Davis serves as the President of the Board of Directors for The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema and on the board of Stowe Story Labs.
Stacey is an active alum of Stowe Story Labs.
Shawn Kerivan has been involved with the Stowe Story Labs since its inception. He is a writer and has published works of fiction and memoir, and he recently wrapped up a 17-year stint as an innkeeper. Shawn is a professor of writing and composition, and he lives in Stowe.
Ellen Parks: Following a long professional acting career, Ellen opened her NYC casting company. Her 30+ years of experience ranges from LB projects to network, cable and studio fare. Working with Scorsese, the Coen Bros., Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Debra Granik and numerous independent writer/directors, Ellen assembled award-winning high profile casts and discovered break-out stars. She’s taught at Columbia’s & NYU’s directing programs, Smith College, Rutgers, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Currently on the NYU Tisch faculty teaching Screen Analysis, Character & Imagination, she’s also a master teacher for Beijing’s prestigious new Dome Studio. Ellen’s been a proud mentor/ consultant for Stowe Story Labs since 2013.
Ellen is a returning and founding mentor at Stowe Story Labs.
David Rocchio - Founder and President: is an attorney, writer and filmmaker. As a practicing attorney David worked both as a litigator and served as Legal Counsel to Vermont’s Governor Howard Dean, M.D. As an emerging filmmaker, David’s short films THE BROTHERS (Cannes Short Film Corner, ‘Best of Capalbio’ – Italy’s Capalbio International Short Film Festival) and THE MEETING (finalist best screenplay – 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards) screened at film festivals internationally. Working with Stowe Story Labs alumni, David will shoot his next short film, WHERE IS HOME?, in Rome, Italy and New York City in 2018. He has three feature scripts optioned. In 2016, he conceived and co-produced The Gun Shop, a documentary about gun ownership in the US. The Gun Shop screened as part of the UK's Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand and the first element of a series about guns in America aimed to begin true dialogue (and dialogue starts by listening). David is a nationally certified EMT, a veteran ski patrolman and in addition to screenwriting, writes short fiction and for twenty years has written a column for central Vermont newspapers. He lives with his family (and dog) in Stowe, Vermont.
Steven Jon Whritner - Executive Vice President, Production and Development at the Sam Houston Southwest Film Investment Fund which provides production equity and P&A financing to independent filmmakers. He previously served in senior executive level positions at A&E Networks, United Paramount Network (UPN) and Food Network. An Emmy award-winning writer and producer, Steven has created and produced more than 100 hours of successful television programming. His writing for film and TV has been recognized for excellence by today’s leading screenplay competitions, including the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Recent screenwriting commissions include the soon to be produced theatrical motion pictures Paul’s Promise and Tartarus. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Steven also attended Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Stowe Story Labs alum and serves on its Board of Directors. He lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Karen, head of studio operations for MLB Network.
Steven is an active alum of Stowe Story Labs.
Paula Willoquet-Maricondi is Dean of the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. She holds a Ph.D in Comparative Literature and Film Studies from Indiana University and a Maters in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her teaching and research interestests include film, literature, gender studies, and environmental justice. She is the editor of Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film (2010), Pedro Almodóvar: Interviews (2004); and Peter Greenaway's Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema (2001/2008). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont International Film Festival. She was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil.
Debi Yazbeck's life changed in an instant several years ago with the death of her husband and father of their children. The three survivors crashed and burned. After a few years of floundering, writing saved her sanity... and continues to.
Debi’s projects have won and placed at Austin Film Festival, Final Draft Big Break, BlueCat, Page, TRMS, California Women’s Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival and many more. Debi is a lifetime member of Tracking Board’s Launchpad Alumni due to top placement of a feature. Four of Debi’s screen/teleplays have been chosen as Stowe Official Selections. Debi Yazbeck/Piss Elm Inc are currently in production on two of her short scripts.
Debi is an active alum of Stowe Story Labs.