Quinn Shephard is an actress, writer and director based out of NY.
Her first feature-length screenplay, Blame, was selected as a finalist for the Sundance 2014 Screenwriters Lab, and Quinn directed the feature in July 2015. It premiered as part of the US Narrative Competition at Tribeca 2017 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Flavorwire reviewer Jason Bailey called the film "brutally intelligent and dazzlingly visceral", Kristy Puchko of The Nerdist referred to it as "moody, raw, enthralling, and haunting", and Ally Johnson from The Playlist called Quinn (and BLAME) the "true breakout of the year". Blame stars Chris Messina, Tate Donovan, Trieste Kelly Dunn, and Nadia Alexander, who took home Tribeca's Jury Award for Best Actress for her work in the film, who got a shout-out from Jon Frosch of The Hollywood Reporter, who said "The film is sleekly shot and edited, though it's best appreciated as a vehicle for the gifted cast — most notably Alexander, a vivid performer who gives Melissa an edge of palpable fury, but also an underlying layer of wounded pride." Following Tribeca, BLAME played the Montclair Film Festival, and is next up at the Greenwich International Film Festival.
Prior to BLAME, Quinn's original short Till Dark -- starring Will Denton ('Fright Night', 'Camp Hell', NBC's 'Kidnapped), Ian Colletti (AMC's 'Preacher', NBC's 'Rake') and Natalia Dyer ('I Believe in Unicorns', Netflix's 'Stranger Things')--began its festival run in May 2015 and screened at the Montclair Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival, and Cannes Short Film Corner.
Her short story 'Brighter' was the runner up for the 2014 One Teen Story Writing Contest, judged and reviewed by YA author Tara Altebrando, who called it "wonderfully claustrophobic...a spot-on depiction of how visceral, competitive, and fragile adolescent relationships are."
As an actress, Quinn has appeared in a wide range of films and television shows. She began her film career at 4 1/2 with the war drama Harrison's Flowers, in which she played the daughter of David Strathairn and Andie MacDowell. She followed this up with roles in From Other Worlds and Assassination of a High School President, before starring in the Warner Brothers feature Unaccompanied Minors (Dir. Paul Feig), for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 2007 (Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film).
In 2010-2011, Quinn starred in regional stage productions of The Crucible as ‘Abigail Williams’, and The Glass Menagerie as ‘Laura Wingfield' (where she first gained inspiration for Blame). That year, she also guest-starred on Law and Order: SVU in the episode "Lost Traveler" as unlikely suspect Emma Butler. She juggled this work with beginning the track to graduate early from high school, as well as continuing her education in film and directing/producing a number of student shorts.
In 2012, Quinn booked a series regular role in the CBS/Jerry Bruckheimer pilot Trooper (not picked up) and recurred on CBS's Made in Jersey. Shortly after graduating early, Quinn teamed up once again with CBS/Jerry Bruckheimer for the 2013/2014 series Hostages. Here she starred alongside Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette, playing Morgan Sanders, an angst-ridden teen daughter turned hostage. Quinn followed up the run of the series with appearances on The Blacklist and Believe before beginning a recurring arc as antagonist computer hacker Claire Mahoney on Person of Interest and starring as sassy small-town cheerleader Kat in the indie feature Windsor (all 2014).
Most recently, Quinn appeared as a regular on the DirectTV/Audience Network series Almost There, where she played a mischievous and sexy psychology student, Scarlett, the 2017 NBC pilot Redliners, and A.D. Calvo's Sweet Sweet Lonely Girl (now streaming on Shudder).
Upcoming releases are Midnight Sun, opposite Bella Thorne, and Desiree Akhavan's The Miseducation of Cameron Post, opposite Chloe Grace Moretz.
Shephard was born and raised in the New York area.