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Thato Mwosa

MFA in Creative Writing Faculty

Photograph of Thato Mwosa smiling facing the camera

Thato R. Mwosa is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. Her films have been broadcast nationally and internationally. Thato’s first feature film, Memoirs of a Black Girl, premiered at the 2021 Boston Globe’s Black History Month Film Festival and it won Best Feature Film award at the 2021 Hamilton Black Film Festival and the 2021 Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF). Thato has been featured by National Public Radio (NPR) and Boston Globe. Thato is currently working on her next feature film which hopes to complete in 2024.

In 2021,  Thato was selected for  Company One’s Playlab Circuit Volt Playwriting Lab. She was a finalist for the 2019 Mass Cultural Art Fellowship in the Dramatic Writing category. Thato was a quarter-finalist for The Academy Nicholl Fellowship and a semi-finalist of the 2021 Writer Lab NY for her screenplay A Blue Dawn.

Thato teaches Visual Media Arts at Emerson College and Writing for Stage and Screen at Lesley’s University Creative Writing MFA Residency Program. This fall of 2022, she will be a full-time Professor of Screenwriting at Boston University.

Film Projects

Look The Other Way (In development)
Currently developing  a film for Teen Block of Lowell. The film explores mental health in the BIPOC youth community in Lowell.

Something to Tell You (08/2022)
Wrote and directed a short narrative film for Girls Inc. of Lynn. The film explored LGBTQIA issues within the BIPOC youth community

Stay Here with Me (06/2022)
Short film that explores mental health in young Black women

Memoirs of a Black Girl (10/2021)
Released nationally in all major streaming platforms


Screenwriting Projects

Rewind Back (2022 - Present)
This coming-of-age screenplay focuses on a young African immigrant girl who struggles with assimilation

Girl in a Red Polka Dot Dress (2022 - Present)
Feature screenplay that explores the issue of missing Black girls

A Blue Dawn - Feature Screenplay (2021 - Present)
A coming of age screenplay set in Botswana


Film and Writing Awards

  • Volt Playwriting Lab Participant (02/2021 - 08/2021) Company One Theater
  • Academy's Nicholls Fellowship Quarter-finalist (2021) The Academy
  • Screenplay Semi-finalist (2021)
  • The Writer's Lab NYC
  • Best Feature Film Award (2021)
  • Roxbury International Film Festival
  • Best Feature Director Award (2021)
  • Hamilton Black Film Festival (Canada)
  • Artist Fellowship in Dramatic Writing Finalist (2019) Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Dramatic Writing


MFA in Screenwriting - Lesley University

BA in TV Broadcasting - Emerson College