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Dr Marilyn Leder

Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; Master of Arts, Monash University, Australia; Bachelor of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia


Screenwriter and performer, Marilyn Leder, convenes and lectures in Scriptwriting and Directing for first and second years and Hollywood Cinema. She has been a script assessor for the past 15 years for such companies as Village Roadshow, ABC Television (Comedy), Film Victoria, the Australian Writers' Guild and in Los Angeles for Twentieth Century Fox and NBC Entertainment, searching for new writers for 'Seinfeld', 'Frasier', 'Mad About You', 'Friends' and more. She has also worked as a Development Assistant at Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles for Jason Alexander (George/ 'Seinfeld'). Marilyn has a passion for writing and producing film and television comedy, featuring strong female characters. In 2008, Marilyn co-created and wrote the critically acclaimed, eight part television comedy series, 'Whatever Happened to That Guy?' for Foxtel Comedy Channel. "Comedy is in all facets of life. I like to bring an element of depth and drama to my comedy writing and also like to encourage my writing students to bring a touch of comedy to whatever genre of film they are making. The most serious of scenes can be made more human with a touch of laughter." Marilyn completed her PhD in 2011 at RMIT specializing in 'Feature film screenwriting for the satirical female voice.' In 1996/97, Marilyn was awarded an Education Abroad Scholarship to study screenwriting at the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Film, Television and Theatre. She also has a Master of Arts from Monash University and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from Melbourne University with drama, English and music specialisations. She has been a screenwriting lecturer at VCA, RMIT and Open Channel. At VCA, Marilyn helped to develop the first Master of Screenwriting course in Australia. As a performer, Marilyn has appeared in Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story and has performed as a stand-up comic in the U.S. and Australia.

Research interests

Digital Media, Film and Television

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Screen And Digital Media - 360500
  • Music - 360300
  • Performing Arts - 360400
  • Creative And Professional Writing - 360200

Teaching areas

Digital Media, Film and Television


  • 2014, Swinburne, Research Development Grant, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2008, Other, Australian Postgraduate Award, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • 1998, Other, Artists & Environmental Designers in Schools Grant, Arts Victoria and Education Victoria
  • 1996, Other, Ian Potter Cultural Foundation Grant, Ian Potter Foundation

Professional memberships

  • 2006 - 2006: Assessor, Film Victoria, Australia
  • 1998 - 1998: Assessor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Television, Australia
  • 1998 - 1998: Assessor, Village Roadshow, Australia


Also published as: Leder, Marilyn; Leder, M.; Tofler, M.; Tofler, Marilyn
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