The DyersJonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer
I was born in Texas and raised in Dallas and The Netherlands. I graduated from the American School of The Hague in 1983 and Schreiner University in 1992 and pursued graduate studies for a time at Colorado State University.
Late Bloomers, an independent film I produced with my sisters, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996, and in 1997 I moved to New York City to produce films in partnership with director Tanya Wexler. Her film Ball in the House premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001. I also produced the independent films Finding North (SXSW 1998) and The Playroom (Tribeca 2012).
I was a three sport athlete in high school, ran cross country in college and then took up triathlons and long-distance biking. In 2001, I rode my bike 700 miles across Montana for charity, and I once entered a Half Ironman. I limped across the finish line, and can only say it didn’t feel like “half” of anything. Now older and more realistic, I ski, bike, hike and play golf recreationally. One day I intend to start mountain climbing.
Interesting and unusual facts about me: I was the first American volunteer at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, where I made tea and pondered just how forty thousand people can evaporate; I may be the only American to have read all three volumes of “The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Winston Churchill’s six-volume “The Second World War.” My mother was a Life Master at bridge and my father appeared as an attorney before the United States Supreme Court twice. I was in New York City on September 11th, 2001, and contemplated swimming the Hudson River to get home. As a child I met Queen Juliana of The Netherlands, and as an adult I went trick or treating with my kids and Maggie Gyllenhaal and her daughter in London.
Jonah Lisa Dyer
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas. I always wanted to be an actress, a writer or a brain surgeon–two out of three is pretty good. In the 7th grade I wrote and illustrated a picture book called Jim Bob the Party Sponge Joins the Circus about a square kitchen sponge who wore human clothing and had funny adventures. It has provided a life-long lesson about the importance of a catchy title and how there are only so many ideas in the world. Write yours fast, or Spongebob Squarepants will happen.
I received a BFA in Theater Arts from Texas Tech University and acted professionally in New York City, including the Broadway revival of Smoke on the Mountain. I tried to make a go of stand-up comedy, performing at Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand Up New York & Boston Comedy Club. It was the most terrifying and exhilarating thing I’ve ever done. Sadly, I started a decade too late and just couldn’t keep up with the comic’s lifestyle. Most gigs were well past my bedtime.
We decided to focus our efforts on screenwriting and moved to the mountains of rural Idaho because what better place to launch a career as Hollywood screenwriters? Strangely, within a few months of moving I landed a job as the writing assistant to William Broyles, Jr (Apollo 13, Cast Away, Jarhead) and immediately started fielding calls from Tom Hanks & Bob Zemeckis and working on the scripts for The Polar Express and Flags of Our Father. The world is weird like that.
JL Tidbits: I’m super crafty. If you’re really nice to me I might just whip up pair of mittens for you. Knitting is like meditation to me and I can literally do it with my eyes closed, a skill I learned while sitting in dark rooms waiting for my babies to finally fall asleep. I read a ton and enjoy Adventure, Fantasy, YA, MG & Children’s Literature. Watership Down remains my all-time favorite book. My proudest achievement as a parent is that my kids are both voracious readers.