Half-South African.


M.M. Kagan is a comedy writer for TV, theatre, web, and radio known for writing smart, quick-witted stories that push back against societal norms.

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Kagan has been a writer for the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, and a Whoop Inc. (Whoopi Goldberg) and Mana Contemporary mini-Writers’ Room Workshop. Kagan is a two-time semi-finalist for the Screencraft Comedy Competition and was a semi-finalist for the Universal Animation Writing Program.

She is also the creator of Submitting Like A Man, in which she resubmitted a decade of rejected scripts to the same opportunities—this time under a man’s name. Her blog about the experience went a wee bit viral (25K reads in 59 countries) and revealed her fake male counterpart’s work was occasionally more successful, and frequently more encouraged. It might not sound ripe with humor for my portfolio, but there were a lot of jokes about balls.

In live theatre and sketch comedy, Kagan has had over two dozens productions in NYC, Los Angeles, and beyond. Favorites include Play Chunks! in Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and Puppet Love at the American Globe (Festival Finalist & Honorable Mention for Best Show), as well as readings and workshops with New Dramatists, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, Dixon Place, The PIT, UCB, and more.

When not writing, Kagan enjoys community supported agriculture, bike riding, and casually stalking cute dogs on the sidewalk. Having worn many hats over the years, Kagan now works as a freelance writer and a teaching artist for film and media literacy, where she once edited 120 bird documentaries made by second graders. Kagan speaks French, Hebrew, American Sign Language, and Zulu (really) and knows a lot about bears (not really). NYU-Tisch, BFA in Dramatic Writing and Africana Studies.