Submitting Like A Man (SLAM) was created by writer M.M. Kagan (“Mya”). The project examines what happens when Mya resubmits scripts to previously-rejected opportunities, this time using a man’s name.
The project took about a year, and chronicled resubmitting scripts that had been previously rejected over the course of about a decade. SLAM originally launched in January 2016 and went a wee bit viral; today, it’s been read in 59 countries more than 25,000 times and counting.
M.M. Kagan is a writer for TV, theatre, web, and radio whose work is known for being smart, lively, deliciously absurd, and wildly entertaining.
Kagan has been a writer for the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, and also for a program from Whoop Inc. (Whoopi Goldberg) and Mana Contemporary as one of five up-and-coming writers to create an original comedy pilot in a 4-month mini writer’s room. Kagan was also a Semi-Finalist for the first-ever cohort of the Universal Animation Writers Workshop.
Kagan’s pilot script “Feckton Nation” is in the Top 10% on Coverfly, having been a Semi-Finalist for the Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Competition, Semi-Finalist for the Orchard Project Episodic Lab, Second Round in Sundance Episodic Lab, Second Round in Austin Film Fest, and Finalist in the Tisch Represents Showcase.
In live theatre and sketch comedy, Kagan has had over two dozens productions in NYC, Los Angeles, and beyond. Favorites include “Play Chunks!” in Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and “Puppet Love” at the American Globe (Festival Finalist & Honorable Mention for Best Show), as well as readings and workshops with New Dramatists, FRESH PRODUCE’d, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, Dixon Place, The PIT, UCB, and more. Kagan’s short play “MPS: The Monotone Poncho Spatula” participated in the 10×10 Professional Development Series, and was selected for professional development by Big Beach Films (the producers of The Farewell & Little Miss Sunshine).
Kagan is also the founder and captain of Dim-prov, an improv team that performs in the dark. As a freelancer, Kagan has been hired to write everything from webisodes to online dating profiles (really). NYU-Tisch, BFA in Dramatic Writing and Africana Studies.