2017 CAPE New Writers Fellows
Clockwise from upper left: Janalyn Li Steele, David Liu, April Shih, Eileen Shim, Nathan Ramos, Johnny Ngo, Brian Shin and Kelvin Ho. Photo by Steven Lam.


APRIL SHIH (TV Fellow) grew up in a sleepy beach suburb of Los Angeles and entertained herself by catfishing people in AOL chatrooms. This penchant for making shit up eventually turned into a passion for storytelling, and after high school April attended film school at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. After college, April produced several films and plays including the Ovation Award-winning revival of Kiss of the Spiderwoman: The Musical. April spent two years playing poker in Las Vegas before pursuing a degree in playwriting at Cal State Northridge. In 2017, April was selected into the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, Sundance Episodic Story Lab, the inaugural Film Independent Episodic Lab, and the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. She recently wrote for FXX’s critically acclaimed comedy YOU’RE THE WORST and is currently writing on a MRS. AMERICA, a forthcoming limited series at FX. When she’s not writing, April is most likely day-drinking whiskey or binging television with her three cats. April is represented by Josh Hornstock and Alyssa Lanz at UTA.


BRIAN SHIN was born and raised in snowy Ann Arbor, Michigan. After college, Brian rolled the dice to play poker professionally in Los Angeles. He hates it when people talk about themselves in the third person but it’s too late now. In LA, he moonlighted as a journalist, covering high school football and writing for Koream, a pop culture magazine for Asian-Americans. He’s a proud alumnus of the ABC-Disney Writing Program, Sundance Episodic Lab, and CBS Diversity Showcase. Brian is currently a staff writer for ABC’s THE GOOD DOCTOR.

DAVID LIU (TV Fellow) is a first-generation Chinese-American writer-director based in Los Angeles. His credits include co-directing a feature film adaptation of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER for James Franco’s Elysium Bandini Studios, and producing the Warner Bros.-funded feature film SAMIR, a contemporary re-telling of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO set in post-9/11 Los Angeles. His feature screenplay about jazz musician Charles Mingus was shortlisted for the American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition. David is a 2017 recipient of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship. A former journalist, he holds a B.A. in political economy from UC Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.


EILEEN SHIM (TV Fellow) left behind a career in journalism because she was sick of writing about crime and murder. So instead, she moved to LA to pursue a career in… writing about crime and murder (but now with bonus witchcraft). Her unique blend of horror and sci-fi/fantasy have led her to staff on LIGHT AS A FEATHER (Hulu/Awesomeness) and win the NBC Writers on the Verge Fellowship, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, the Oriental DreamWorks Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, the AFI Writers’ Room Ready initiative, the AFI China Story Scholarship, and a nomination at the 2017 Student Emmys. Eileen is a graduate of Yale University and the American Film Institute.


JANALYN LI STEELE (TV Fellow) writes dark dramas and whimsical dramedies. Janalyn is a CBS Writers Mentoring Program finalist and CAPE New Writers Fellow. She also wrote sketches for the CBS Diversity Showcase. She has written, produced and directed two short films. Janalyn has worked at Smallville, Chuck and Frantic Films. She completed the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. Janalyn has a master’s degree in English literature and has taught at UC Riverside. She has also written for Mosaic, Inland Empire Magazine and Earth’s Daughters. Janalyn placed in the Austin Film Festival in 2015 with a spec of NBC’s The Blacklist.


JOHNNY NGO (Feature Fellow) is drawn to stories about diversity and second chances as a first generation Asian American. He’s fascinated by characters who are forced to start over and the highs and lows that come with reinvention. He’s explored this countlessly in his writing across various genres, such as dramas, thrillers, and his favorite genre, comedy. Johnny’s received an M.F.A in Film Broadcast Cinema from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He hails from the San Gabriel Valley, the epicenter of fine Asian cuisine in Los Angeles County, where he spends his time writing in coffee shops and confusing waiters with his broken Chinese.


KELVIN HO (TV Fellow) was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Miami, Florida. Kelvin‘s earliest memory is of his parents watching Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE LAST EMPEROR  in their 13th floor apartment in Caracas, an event that kicked off his lifelong love affair with movies. He moved to Los Angeles and earned his bachelor’s degree in Film and Electronic Arts at CSULB. Afterwards, he continued his filmic education at USC, where he earned his master’s degree in Critical Studies at the School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating, Kelvin worked as a freelance production assistant and production coordinator for independent films and commercials. He has written four feature-length screenplays and a television drama pilot. His favorite film is and will always be THE GODFATHER.


NATHAN RAMOS (Feature Fellow) is an award winning writer, actor, and musician. He is the writer and a Creative Producer for Disney’s CLUB MICKEY MOUSE. He wrote “When December Comes” which opened the ABC Christmas Day Parade and was on Seventeen Magazine’s Top Holiday Songs of 2017. He was a CAPE New Writers Fellow 2017 and a Script Doctor. He was nominated for a Webby for ‘The Station by Maker’. He won the See Change 2042 Playwriting Competition and his play AS WE BABBLE ON had its World Premiere at East West Players with workshops at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artists at Play, and the Renberg Theatre. He was a Kollaboration Scholar in 2017. As an actor, he has been featured Regionally and Off-Broadway. Please contact for other project involvements that are in development and in production.