A recent student of classics at the University of Chicago, Val is an active writer, performer and producer, with a specialty in comedy. Her writing has garnered more than two dozen writing awards and she has had three of her plays staged. In Chicago, Val has been a mainstay of Off-Off Campus, the oldest collegiate sketch and improv troupe in the country. She has opened for major headliners such as Jerrod Carmichael, and she interned the summer of 2017 at Second City. Before college, Val volunteered as an EMT at her local hospital, and was named the Horace Mann Idol by her school for her offbeat banjo-playing. Val wrote The History Makers as a senior in high school, inspired by an AP World History Writing Assignment. The novel won first place at the BookLogix 2015 Young Writers Contest and won a silver medal at the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Awards. The History Makers has been featured in the NY Post, NPR, The Stamford Advocate, and more!