Kerry O’Neill

writer - director

kerry o’neill is a writer and director from queens, ny. she got her start in the music industry as an a&r assistant, then toured the country selling t-shirts for pop punk bands until she wound up in los angeles.

since then, kerry spent a decade writing and performing live comedy at the upright citizens brigade theatre before going on to write for television. her recent credits include the hybrid comedies murderville (netflix) and jury duty (amazon), which she also acted in.

kerry uses her improvisational comedy background to create work that feels experiential and personal. her first film, bea at rehab, was the recipient of the panavision new filmmakers grant, the vanishing angle post grant, and was further developed into a feature film during her 2021 short to feature lab fellowship.

in 2023 kerry was named a vimeo breakout creator after her second film, walk out nice and smooth, premiered earlier that year as a staff pick. that same year she was named a fellow of the prestigious afi directing workshop for women+, where she directed her third film, the dark comedy thriller interloper, which will premiere at the directors guild of america theatre in 2024.

in 2024, kerry won the independent spirirt award for best ensemble cast in a new scripted series for jury duty, and was also honored with an afi award for her work on the show. she then lost two wga awards to even things out.

kerry continues to bring her darkly hilarious characters to the screen, both as a television writer and a film director. she is currently in development on her first feature film.

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Vimeo 2023 Creator of the Year

“Kerry O'Neill had a breakout year with her dramatic short “Walk Out Nice and Smooth” and the viral success of Jury Duty. This work may seem disparate at first glance, but the short’s moments of unexpected humor and empathy for its flawed, hustling characters reveal O’Neill’s keen observational skills and comedic chops.”

Interview with DirectorsNotesKerry O’Neill’s Euphoric Dark Comedy ‘Walk Out Nice and Smooth’ Explores the Moral Ambiguity of a Mother’s Love.
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Daily Mail Emmy’s 2024 Worst Dressed List
“Writer Kerry O'Neill's crumpled black dress made her look like a poor man's Morticia Adams”