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Laci Dent

Assistant Professor of Screen Arts
Communication Division, Seaver College
CCB 129


Laci Dent is an award winning writer, director, producer and production designer based in Los Angeles. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Laci is a storyteller who builds atmospheric worlds through her passion for unique tales, uncanny characters and dark undertones.

Laci earned an MFA in directing and production from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television after graduating from Vassar College. Her work has been supported by SFFILM, The Gotham, The Black List, Women in Film Los Angeles, The Westridge Foundation, The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Disney/ABC and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Currently, Laci is developing her first full length feature film project.


  • MFA, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 2018


  • NALIP Women of Color Incubator Grant (2021)
  • The Gotham Project Forum (2020)
  • SFFILM/Westridge Grant (2020)
  • The Black List Feature Lab Fellow (2020)
  • Disney/ABC Writing Finalist (2018)


  • Script Analysis
  • Intermediate Production
  • Advanced Narrative Production
  • Directing for the Screen