Maggie Carey grew up in Boise, Idaho. She made her first film when she was fourteen out of boredom over spring break because her family never went anywhere fun. Ever. The film, titled “Boys are Idiots,” told the true-life story of Maggie’s guy friends seeing how far they could spit their chaw. And thus her love for cinema was born.
In her adult life, Carey co-created & directed THE JEANNIE TATE SHOW an online series about a soccer mom hosting a talk show while running errands in her minivan. Named a “Top 20 Web Series” by New York Magazine and recommended by McSweeney’s, the show sold to HBO to develop for television. She also co-wrote MY LIFE COACH, which is set up at Universal with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell producing. She wrote on the ABC sitcom IN THE MOTHERHOOD (stars Megan Mullally and Cheryl Hines) and recently co-wrote and directed the sketch series LADY REFS for HBO’s Funny or Die Presents (stars Rachel Dratch, Chris Parnell and Bill Hader). Carey’s feature script, THE HAND JOB, made the Black List, an annual list of Hollywood’s favorite unproduced screenplays. The Austin Film Festival invited Carey and her cast to perform a reading of the coming-of-age comedy. Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Jessica Alba, and Colin Hanks performed the principal roles to a sold-out crowd. Carey holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Montana where she was co-captain of her Division I soccer team. She earned her MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas – Austin. Carey studied improv and sketch at Improv Olympic West in LA and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. She currently performs improv with Ragnaröck at UCB Theatre NYC.