Devon Kirkpatrick (she/they/he) is a non-binary writer/director working in film, TV and the commercial world. As a writer, Devon pitched and sold Next Wave, a narrative hour-long drama pilot inspired by the life of Keala Kennelly and the female big wave surf world in Hawaii to USA Network in 2019. She's also in development on Seahorse, a dark comedy pilot about queer families with Chris and Eleanor Columbus’ Maiden Voyage.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Devon began her TV career in New York as the Writers’ Assistant, Script Coordinator and Showrunner’s Assistant on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. In 2021 while living back home in Hawaii, Devon worked as the Showrunner’s Assistant and as a writer in the mini-room for HBO Max’s Ke Nui Road pilot, and as the Showrunner’s Assistant for Amazon’s Season 1 of I Know What You Did Last Summer.
As a Director, Devon is an alumni of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, the Ryan Murphy Half Foundation, Film Independent's FAST TRACK, IFP (now Gotham New York) and is a recipient of the prestigious San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting grant for The Seahorse. Her short film Ma/ddy made a splash in over 50 film festivals both nationally and internationally after premiering at LACMA's Young Directors’ Night hosted by Elvis Mitchell.
In between writing and development projects, Devon has directed a slate of commercial projects and music videos. Her music video for Tegan & Sara’s Faint of Heart was profiled in The Atlantic and selected as one of the 50 best music videos of the year by Stereogum. She's also worked as a creative copywriter for Hi5 agency, where she collaborated on the creative campaign for Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" Season 5 and other high profile film and TV projects.
As an artist and advocate for LGBTQ causes, Lexus and Queerty featured Devon in their webseries Going Places, where she shared her thoughts about the importance of stories featuring gender non-conforming protagonists.