As an only child growing up in New Zealand within a Kiwi-Mediterranean-inspired household, Miri Stone grew up with a vivid imagination and a love of stories. Her father was a musician and composer who introduced her to the performing arts from a young age while her mother, a visual artist, shared Miri’s love of children’s picture books, Shakespeare, film and theatre. Her parents also instilled in her a love of nature, conservation and traveling all of which influence her work. Miri has been writing since she was a young girl. Though a late bloomer in the reading department, once she discovered fantasy she rapidly devoured whole sections of the library… Now she rarely leaves home without her kindle snug in her bag! In her graduating year of high school, she adapted her school’s production of Macbeth and made her directorial debut, winning a national award. She has written feature screenplays, short films, children’s picture books and poetry, and she is currently writing her first novel. She lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, with her husband and is raising two beautiful boys under five while pursuing her career as a writer and filmmaker. After being encouraged by a local publisher to submit her children’s book portfolio to publishers, Miri joined SCBWI and is attending writing conferences, while also submitting her screenplays to screenwriting competitions for consideration.
Miri Stone is a dynamic, award-winning filmmaker, originally from New Zealand, now working in the Washington film industry. In her directorial debut at 17yrs old, Miri won a national award for her theatrical adaptation of Macbeth and was selected to represent her country in the Sheila Winn Young Shakespeare Company touring to the UK in 2000. She graduated with Bachelor of Music (Composition) from Victory University in 2002 and Advanced Diploma in Acting from the ACA Australia in 2005. Since then, she has written and directed multiple projects and garnered interest from international producers with her feature screenplays. Her first feature film BUNYIP – a low budget adventure thriller with rock climbing stunts – was directed and produced in collaboration with the Australian filmmaker and journalist Denby Weller. After immigrating in 2012, she wrote and directed THE HUNTER, a fantasy short film screened in genre festivals in 2016. When not working on her own projects, Miri freelances in the Seattle Independent Film Industry, and has been mentored by inspiring local filmmakers like Megan Griffiths, Lacey Leavitt, Mischa Jukupcak, Jenessa West and Lynn Shelton, giving her the opportunity to create strong working relationships within the Pacific North West film community. She is a proud member of WIFT Seattle and is working with the powerhouse Creative Producer Vicky Berglund-Davenport to take LIGHT ME UP to festivals.