Ms. Carol M. Lawrence

Ideas Into Images; Screen Writing Workshops
Los Angeles, California
United States

Focus Areas

Arts & Humanities
Higher Education


Carol Munday Lawrence has the distinction of being the first African American woman to produce a national television series through her own company. After stints as an Associate Producer at Boston affiliates WGBH-TV (PBS) and WCVB-TV (ABC), she went on to found Nguzo Saba Films, Inc., producing over twenty-five films and television programs, shot on location in eight states. Carol Lawrence is an experienced writer, director, production manager and post production supervisor, with credits as diverse as the award-winning miniseries Were You There, Francis Coppola’s Cotton Club and the animated film Simon’s New Sound, for which she won the CINE Golden Eagle. Ms. Lawrence has won awards from the American, New York, Chicago and San Francisco Film Festivals; and commendations from the California State Senate and the City of Los Angeles. In addition to her work in production, Carol Lawrence is committed to service through teaching. After three years as an instructor for Dr. Bill Cosby’s Guy Alexander Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Workshop, Ms. Lawrence developed Ideas Into Images, a course of instruction for aspiring writers that she has taught from coast to coast and abroad in Mexico and Jamaica. She has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California and San Francisco State University, and lectured at numerous other institutions, including Stanford University, Oberlin College, UC Berkeley and the L.A. Film School. In 2003, she was appointed AOL-Time Warner Mentor-In-Residence at Howard University. Carol Munday Lawrence is a member of the Writers Guild of America, which represents professional screenwriters in the film and television industries. She has served on the boards of Film Independent (FIND) and the International Documentary Association. Ms. Lawrence holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from Boston University.