Hilari is an award-winning writer, director, and producer selected by Steven Spielberg out of 12,000 filmmakers to appear on his television show On the Lot. Her first feature film, See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary, received critical acclaim, earning numerous awards and the Critic’s Pick in The New York Times. Hilari became fluent in American Sign Language through total immersion touring with the National Theater of the Deaf. With a background in devised improvisational theater, she began her professional theater career in her teens at the Academy Theatre in Atlanta where she worked with renowned actors and directors including Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon. She founded the Young Players Ensemble creating original theater with teens around the world with notable alumni including Liz Feldman (Dead to Me) and Steven Parker (Little Miss Sunshine.) Hilari further utilized her “casting-first” technique to develop an original TV pilot and a short play with Deaf actors at REDCAT. She has led workshops and panels for Universal Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Sundance-supported Art House Convergence, and Women in Film. She consulted for Amazon Studios on the captions, theatrical release, marketing and Academy Award campaign for Sound of Metal, which won the Variety Social Impact Marketing Award. She was a participant in the Producers Guild of America’s Power of Diversity Master Workshop, a board member of the Alliance of Women Directors, and has consulted for Google, Anheuser-Busch, Nike, and Sprint.