Krystal Banzon


HAZEL BORRERO, marching band drum major and honor roll student, is top of her class at Kaiser High School. But when new girl EVELYN joins the band, Hazel tries desperately to salvage her path to the Ivy Leagues after she realizes that the "straight" in "straight A's" only applies to her grades. Based on a true story.

Krystal Banzon (she/any) is a queer, first-generation Filipina American. Raised in the Breaking Bad deserts of California, her writing is influenced by characters and communities that live in the margins. Born from a marriage of convenience between a gambler-dreamer father who wanted a family and practical nurse mother who wanted a green card, Krystal grew up to be a hopeless romantic whose writing is earnest, playful and full of heart.

Krystal received a BA from Smith College in women’s studies, a Masters in New Media from NYU Tisch, and a Fulbright fellowship to study theater in the Philippines. Afterwards, Krystal moved to New York City and inadvertently lived with ethnic separatists while working as an assistant director and dramaturg in the multicultural theater scene. Back then, Krystal thought that being a lesbian was the best form of birth control - until she fell in love with a woman who was on her way to becoming a single mother by choice. Fast forward, and Krystal is now a proud a minivan mom who writes in the wee hours when her beloveds are snoring. Told you she’s a hopeless romantic!

Krystal was the Manager of Diversity Programming at NBC where she supported the network pipeline programs and is an alumnus of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. Her staffing credits include Amy Poehler’s primetime NBC sitcom, I FEEL BAD. Krystal is currently the Co-Head Writer/Co-Story Editor on Craig Gerber’s FIREBUDS, a diverse and inclusive animated Disney Junior show premiering on Disney+ in Fall 2022.


Dianne Fraser (Industry Entertainment)