Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dre is half Mexican and half Sicilian-American. Her experience of otherness and fluidity has informed her worldview and shapes the lens through which she tells stories. After earning an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia’s School of the Arts, Dre earned a clinical master’s degree and completed her training as a therapist. Using psychoanalytic theory, and her experiences in the consulting room as both patient and therapist, Dre aims to bring psychological, emotional and relational realism to characters who find themselves at risk of being marginalized, distorted or erased and applies this same approach to explore morally ambivalent characters struggling to be ethical, blocked by blind spots around their privilege and agency but who strive for balance, empathy and grace. Dre’s belief in the healing power of storytelling, and her lifelong devotion to the potent magic of music, inspires her to make work that celebrates people’s capacity to heal, expand and grow.
Dre lives in LA with her family and writes for film and television. She’s written on shows including “The Man in the High Castle,” “The Exorcist,” and “The Bridge,” and has sold and developed numerous projects at Amazon, Hulu, Apple and others and is currently an executive producer and co-creator for Apple’s limited series “Lady In The Lake,” as well as an executive producer and supervisor for HBO Max’s series “Players Table.” Now, at last, two decades after starting film school, Dre couldn’t be more thrilled to be directing her first film!