Creator, Writer & Star of Girls, HBO's Hit Series
Lena Dunham is the star, creator, executive producer and writer of the critically acclaimed HBO series, Girls. Dunham has quickly established herself as a formidable talent among today's top young filmmakers, already creating an indelible mark in the industry with Girls, her feature film Tiny Furniture, and various other film and web projects. To paraphrase her character on the show, she may be the voice of her generation...or at least a voice of a generation.
Girls has been praised for its unflinchingly honest and often hilarious portrayal of a group of girls in their early 20s as they navigate post-college life in Manhattan. Much of the show is based on Dunham’s own experiences, assorted humiliations and rare triumphs. She wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.
At only 24 years old, Dunham wrote, directed and starred in Tiny Furniture, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival and received two Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. The film, a dramedy that centers around a recent college grad who returns home to figure out what to do with her life, also earned Dunham the 2010 LA Film Critics Association New Generation Award and was nominated for two Gotham Awards, for Breakthrough Director and Best Ensemble Performance. Tiny Furniture was released by IFC in November 2010.
In 2009, Dunham premiered her first feature, Creative Nonfiction, at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The film tells the story of Ella (Dunham), a college student who is more focused on a pseudo-romance with her dorm-mate Chris than on the screenplay she's supposed to be finishing for her creative writing class.
Dunham created several short films, including Dealing, which premiered at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival. She also created two web series, Tight Shots and Delusional Downtown Divas, and in 2009 was commissioned to make ten more episodes of Delusional Downtown Divas for the Guggenheim's first annual Art Awards.
Dunham graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and currently resides in New York City.