Dagny fell in love with astronomy at a young age, growing up in rural Arkansas where her grandparents ran the town's local funeral home. As a high school senior, she studied cellular automata at the Research Science Institute at MIT and went on to co-win the prize for Artificial Intelligence at the Intel Inter'l Science Fair.

She earned her BSc in Astrophysics at Caltech, studying extrasolar planets. While in college, she captained a microgravity flight team onboard the KC-135 jet out of NASA's Johnson Space Center.

She went on to get her PhD in astronomy in Hawai'i, where she started making short films and decided she wanted to tell stories about everyone from hapless scientists to down-on-their-luck folks.She moved to NYC where she recently completed her MFA in filmmaking from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, she received the Maurice Kanbar and Leo Rosner scholarships and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship.

Dagny lives in Los Angeles where she works as a television writer. She is currently a consultant in the development of a Media Res tv show on climate change with Scott Z. Burns.

Dagny Atencio Looper

Writer, Director, Science Consultant, Astronomer


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Film Credits


Untitled Climate Change Project, Consultant, TV Series for Media Res / 2019

Calls, Co-Producer, TV series for Studio Canal & Apple / 2019

Strange Angel, Story Editor, TV series for Scott Free & CBS AA / 2018-2019

Brave New World, Staff Writer, TV series for Amblin & Universal / 2018

Paradox (development), Co-creator, TV pilot


Tiny Mammals (2017), Writer/Director, NYU thesis film

The Lipstick Stain (2014), Writer/Director, NYU short film



NYU Tisch School of the Arts / directing / MFA 2016

Institute for Astronomy / Astronomy / Ph.D. 2011
California Institute for Technology / Astrophysics / B.Sc. 2004
UCL / Astrophysics / exchange program, 2003

Caltech, Assistant Director of the Research Science Institute, 2004
MIT, Research Science Institute Alumna, 1999

FILM Awards

Fusion Film Festival winner for best TV script, 2018
Black List Labs for Sleeping with the Dead, 2017
$100,000 Sloan finalist for Singularity, 2016
Hollywood Foreign Press Association award for Tiny Mammals, 2016
Fusion Film Festival winner for best TV script & documentary, 2015

Academic awards

Best Masters Thesis, Institute for Astronomy
Mellon Mays Fellow, Institute for Astronomy
Caltech Presidential Scholar, Caltech
Marcella and Joel Bonsall Prize for Technical Writing, Caltech
Burns Prize for Planetary Sciences, Caltech