Traven Rice is a filmmaker and theatrical director based in New York City. She recently directed a multimedia production of Jean Anouilh's Antigone at Stephens College (her alma mater) in Columbia, MO, where she was serving as an Artist in Residence.

Her most recent short film, SIDE EFFECTS, which she wrote and directed, screened at film festivals around the globe, won the Audience Award at the Boston Sci-Fi Fest and won Best Actress at HollyShorts in Los Angeles.

Her first short film, THE NIGHT TRAM, shot through an exchange program at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic, was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Rice went on to study film production at the Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, B.C. She has directed numerous short films, written or co-written many others and was the cinematographer for the short film, DOT DOWN, which screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in the early “oughts.”

Rice is also the co-founder of The Lo-Down, an online news site and monthly print publication devoted to covering the Lower East Side neighborhood where she lives with her husband Ed Litvak.

Originally from Boulder, CO, she enjoys hiking, surfing, cooking and traveling. She is a longtime student at The Village Zendo, a Soto Zen temple based in lower Manhattan. Rice is currently writing and developing her first feature length film.