Kelli McNeil is a Los Angeles based writer, actor, voiceover artist and producer. As a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Drama, McNeil has performed in multiple film, TV and stage productions and wrapped production on three features in 2017, including Gus Van Sant’s new movie, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot.
She was selected to attend BADA (British American Drama Academy) during her junior year. She currently has a national commercial airing for Little Caesars, directed by celebrated commercial director Harold Einstein of Dummy Films. She has voiced numerous commercial, corporate and theatrical projects.
McNeil has also carved out a career for herself in advertising, where she has been a Creative Director and writer for multiple clients, including Fortune 50 companies. Her focus has been on producing digital spots and content creation.
McNeil is an alum of the Groundlings, where she completed their rigorous training program and advanced writing lab and cut her teeth writing multiple short form sketches in an intense two month program. She performed with her own improv troupe (((High Vibes))) for three years in Los Angeles on the improv circuit.
She is a published children’s book author: her first book Sleepy Toes was released in the spring of 2017 with Scholastic. She is currently developing additional materials for the publishing giant for a wide-range of age groups. 2017 has her slated for multiple book readings and signings around the country including Barnes & Noble in Studio City, Once Upon A Time Books in Montrose, and Auntie’s Books in Spokane.
Sleepy Toes was named one of “15 Best Picture Books for Kindergarten” in 2017 by We Are Teachers, alongside classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
McNeil is working her way through the UCLA Extension screenwriter’s program, where she developed her first feature film, The Baltimore School of Charm which was a semi-finalist in the Screencraft Fellowship program in 2015. The script was also a top 15% finisher in the Nicholl Fellowship competition, announced in July of 2017.
In 2017, McNeil was selected to be part of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Television Writers Fellowship Prep Series.
In 2017, McNeil has won/ranked in several top screenwriting competitions:
Finalist – UCLA Extension Screenwriter’s Competition – Drama (The Baltimore School of Charm)
Semifinalist – Austin Film Festival Inaugural Playwriting Competition (BORDERLINE)
Finalist – Writers for Writers Fellowship (DARUMA)
She is a member of Women in Film and Film Independent and was selected in summer of 2015 to be part of WIF’s mentee program under the guidance of TV and film development veterans Pat Quinn and Laura Lewis of CAA.
A native of Texas, McNeil has called Los Angeles home for most of her life. McNeil is currently obtaining her private pilot’s license.