Elisha Miranda

As an acclaimed filmmaker,  writer, and educator, Elisha Miranda has powered through mainstream media barriers and stereotypes to explore answers to these questions, and to inspire the newest generation of artists to become no less than architects of authenticity through fearless imagination.

Miranda is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT, a recipient of dozens of awards and a celebrated educator. But her crowning achievement? Choosing every day to teach and create from a place of audacious authenticity and social activism.   





Currently, Elisha is an Assistant Professor and Director of Film at Eastern Washington University (EWU) where she teaches screenwriting, directing, script analysis, and criticism.  She is also the General Manager of KEWU Radio.  Prior to coming to EWU, Elisha Miranda was the founding director of the Digital Film Department at the MCVTS School of the Arts in Central New Jersey. She was also a fellow for the National Book Foundation and has served as an adjunct professor at SUNY Purchase, NYU, Bard College and the City College of New York.

She founded two youth programs in San Francisco and co-founded Chica Luna Productions in New York City, which inspires young women of color to cultivate their own voice using popular media, earning her a Union Square Award Artist Award and Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award. While at Chica Luna, Miranda produced over 40 films that screened at Sundance, HBO, ITVS and SHOWTIME.




Digital Media Studio:  Connecting Culture, Identity and the Classroom
Edited by Elisha Miranda, Chica Sol Films, Lulu.Com, 2014 

The Women of Color Media Justice Toolkit
Edited by Elisha Miranda and Sofia Quintero, The Sister Outsider Group, Lulu.Com, 2014.  

Pandora’s: A Toolkit for using Multimedia to Discuss LGBTQ Identity
Edited by Elisha Miranda and Sofia Quintero, The Sister Outsider Group, Lulu.com, 2013 - A 21st Century Digital Media & Film Curriculum for Teachers

Conscious Women Rock the Page
Edited by Elisha Miranda, et, al, The Sister Outsider Group, Lulu.Com , 2007
A feminist hip-hop curriculum to use with the The Sista Hood series for high school and college students.

Links for Competitions, Grants, Residencies, etc...


Guest Lecture, Keynote, and Workshops Topics

  • Discussing Identity (race, gender, class and sexuality) utilizing the arts.
  •  Arts education (creative writing, screenwriting, filmmaking, social media).
  •  The practice of art and intergroup dialogue in the secondary and post-secondary classroom.
  •  Media literacy and justice.
  •  Effectively bringing multimedia (film, social media, transmedia, theater, writing workshops, etc) into the 21st century classroom or youth program.
  •  Cinematic style and craft from the pitch to the screenplay, pre-production to directing and post-production to distribution.
  •  Hip-hop feminism and pop culture remixing.
  •  Becoming an auteur: Writing, directing, producing and distributing your own short films and social media webseries/content.
  •  Successfully building organizations and programs using the arts.

Public Lectures and Speaking Engagements

Arizona State University

Bard College

Bronx Community College

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Columbia University

Dallas Public Library

El Museo del Barrio

Harvard University

Hunter College

Museum of Moving Image

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Association of Latino Independent Producers

NYU’S Conference on Preemptive Education

Queens College

Rochester Institute of Technology

San Francisco State University

San Francisco Youth Guidance Center

Sarah Lawrence College

SUNY Purchase College

The Coalition of Essential Schools

The National Association of Multicultural Education Conference

The New School for Social Research

The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe

University of California at Berkeley

Washington State University

Women Action and Media Conference, MIT

Wooster College

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


Contact Miranda to ask about workshops, speaking, and curriculum.


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