Kavelina Torres is an Alaska Native hailing from the Yup'ik, Inupiaq and Athabascan Nations. She lives in North Pole, Alaska where life is rich and full of diversity. She is a student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where she is studying Yup'ik Filmmaking. She writes theater plays and screenplays with contemporary Alaskana and Alaska Native themes. She has been a 1st assistant director for two features (The Messenger 2012 and Mining for Ruby 2013), a writer with the Alaska Native Playwright's Program (1st and 2nd annual - 2009 and 2011); a writer/director participant of The Last Frontier Theater Conference (2011, 2012); a writer for Overnighter's, One Mic Stand and Famous for Fifteen (2011-2013). She is also a Fellow for the 2013 Sundance NativeLab with her script Ave and the Uglies. Her interests lie in media as an avenue to connect Alaska Native generations through empowerment. In her spare time, walks her dogs, rides her motorcycle,reads and has a special place in her heart for horror, science fiction and fantasy film, television, radio and books.