christy spitzer thornton
I got my start in NYC exploring visual media though architecture, then magazines and websites, and then finally ended up developing television shows for the youth of America at MTV, including a series of specials for LGBTQ youth for the “It Gets Better Project.” I then moved to LA to help oversee programming at Pivot, the former independent TV network from Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media where I got to work with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to develop “Freestyle Love Supreme,” an improv hip-hop comedy series, and with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on “HitRECord on TV,” a crowd-sourced variety show that won an Emmy Award for Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. After the 2016 election, I coped by joining Wanda Sykes’ Push It Productions to help give opportunities to underrepresented voices in comedy. And then along came Level Forward and now the real fun begins…
How I Level Forward: Reading, listening, and learning because I believe that people start to heal when they feel heard.