Dorrit Corwin

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Dorrit Corwin is a student at Brown University (2024), where she is double concentrating in Literary Arts and Modern Culture and Media. At Brown, Dorrit sings in the Jabberwocks a cappella group, reads student script submissions as a coordinator at Brown Motion Pictures and as a member of the Ivy Film Festival screenplay staff, writes for the Arts and Culture section of Post- Magazine, and serves as the Vice President of Brown Lecture Board. Dorrit is an alumna of Marlborough School in Los Angeles (2019), the Rising Voices Fellowship (2018), and Diller Teen Fellows (2018). She has interned in film and television development at The Gotham Group and in education at the Holocaust Museum Los Angeles, and she currently works as a Diller Network Campus Intern at Brown-RISD Hillel and as an assistant to Lori Gottlieb, a prominent psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author. Dorrit’s writing has appeared in the Jewish Journal, The College Hill Independent, and the Jewish Women’s Archive. She hopes to pursue screenwriting professionally.

Blog Posts

Two women standing outside a synagogue

Learning from My Mother to Just Say Yes

Dorrit Corwin

Channeling my grandfather’s generous spirit, my non-Jewish mother agreed to become her synagogue’s co-president.

Max M. at his Bar Mitzvah

It Takes a Village

Dorrit Corwin

Over the years, I’ve been to countless bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies. While each one has been unique to the specific teen being honored, all of the services have been catered to the typical Jewish kid: one who can read English and some Hebrew, memorize prayers, and stand at the bimah and speak about about his or her Jewish education and life experiences. In February, I had the honor of being part of a bar mitzvah that was unlike any of the others I had previously attended. My family friend Max became a bar mitzvah without speaking a single word.

Dorrit Corwin and Rabbi Laura Geller

Rabbi Laura Geller: Torah of Jewish Feminism

Dorrit Corwin

I wasn’t always easily identifiable as the Jewish feminist activist I am today. In fact, I was a Hebrew school drop-out ... but then I discovered Rabbi Laura Geller.

Aaron Sorkin

Sorkin’s Game

Dorrit Corwin

It feels like just yesterday I was an innocent fifth grader sitting around your kitchen table, discussing trivial fifth grade matters with your daughter, and taking vigorous mental notes on how to become a successful writer and beloved artist such as yourself. I assumed by 2018 I’d still be working on it, and you’d still be telling important stories the compelling way you do. Your work never ceases to leave me full of hope for humanity, and Molly’s Game is no exception. 

Topics: Television, Film
Dorrit Corwin Dressed Up as Julia Child for School Presentation

From Spy to Spatula to the Small Screen

Dorrit Corwin

When I was in third grade, I had to choose a famous role model to research and present to my class. Naturally, I chose Julia Child – not because I was an aspiring chef or because I wanted an excuse to buy a red wig – but because I left the theater after seeing “Julie & Julia” (2009) absolutely fascinated by her legacy; both inside the kitchen, and beyond its walls. A female public figure with a personality as strong as hers was rare during the 1950s, and her role as a volunteer spy during World War II taught me that no one is just one thing. Even though history often highlights people solely for what they were most famous for, it’s important to look beyond that and explore their multiplicity of talents and contributions to society. 

Topics: Feminism, Food
Rising Voices Fellow Dorrit Corwin with her Grandfather

L’Dor V’Dor: A Legacy of Love

Dorrit Corwin

My grandfather means something different to each and every person he’s met. To some, he’s kindness, always putting others before himself no matter the circumstances. To others, he’s community, building a network so wide that everyone he runs into is an old friend. To his parents, he was a miracle, not predicted to survive long past birth, or live to create all that he has in his lifetime. To me, he’s all of these things stitched together into one simple phrase: L’dor v’dor (from generation to generation).

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Oh Come All Ye Interfaithful

Dorrit Corwin

The holiday season doesn’t truly begin until the glimmering menorah ornament is carefully placed on my family’s Christmas tree. It isn’t a Hanukkah bush; it’s a Christmas tree. I’ve been raised following Jewish tradition while also acknowledging Catholic customs, and I’m lucky enough to have grown up in an environment that has encouraged my complex Jewish identity, and helped me build a versatile and sturdy religious foundation.

Image of Carole King, 2008

Tribute to a Natural Woman

Dorrit Corwin

Carole King has been a constant source of inspiration and fascination to me since I first listened to “You’ve Got a Friend” in second grade and was entranced by the live performance of Beautiful in Los Angeles. As a young Jewish girl hoping to one day pursue music journalism, I have learned many lessons from King as both an artist and as a strong, independent female.

Topics: Children, Music, Memoirs
Drawing of Charlotte Bronte

When Brontë Gave Me Wings

Dorrit Corwin

Since seventh grade, I’ve been a proud member of a school community that pushes girls to reach their full potential and encourages them to become feminists from the day they step foot on campus. Given who we are as an institution and as a community, it isn’t surprising that after analyzing the book of Genesis from a secular perspective, eighth graders then tackle Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

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