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- Adam Lawson
 Movie Director/Writer
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- Jen Hilt
 Nurse
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Dialogue Writing Faculty
Susan Breen is the author of the novel The Fiction Class (Plume and Headline Review UK). She has published short fiction in American Literary Review, Chattahoochee Review, Nebraska Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, and anderbo. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester and an MFA from Columbia University. Also Teaches:  Fiction Writing   Novel Writing   Take Away  
Raven Burnett has written (or collaborated on) numerous feature and short screenplays, including The Eel, which is included on the prestigious Blacklist. He has been a staff writer on the web series Behind the Byte and the head writer for Lakoo Games. He is a co-founder of the 48NYC theater festival and was a resident playwright/director at the Idiom Theater. He holds a BA from Western Washington University and an MFA in Film Production from Columbia University.  Also Teaches:  Screenwriting  
Carl Capotorto has developed an original TV series for HBO, and his plays have been presented at numerous venues, including Yale Repertory Theater, Vineyard Theater, Comedy Central Stage, the Actors Studio, and Theater for the New City. He is the author of the memoir Twisted Head  (Random House), based on his solo show of the same name. He has taught at HB Studios, Manhattan Theater Club, School of Visual Arts, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He holds a BA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
Kuros Charney has had plays produced at numerous theaters, including Shame and Desire (Stella Adler Theatre), The Man From Brazoria County (ALAP New Works Lab), The Moving Forward of Souls (TheaterCRAM 2004 at the Coronet Theater), and Anger (Elephant Theatre). His screenplays include Used Books, which was developed with actor/producer LeVar Burton (Eagle Nation Films), and The Sea Between, commissioned by producer Elizabeth Kahn (Forever After Project, Inc.). He holds a BA from University of California, San Diego, and an MFA in Film from USC. Also Teaches:  Playwriting  
Scott Cheshire is the author of the novel High as the Horses' Bridles (Henry Holt), and he has published fiction and nonfiction with AGNI, Word Riot, Alimentum, Killing the Buddha, Dry Ink, Dirt Press, Tottenville Reivew, Sport Literate, Knock, and in The Chamber Four Fiction Anthology. He has served as an editor with Picador and the Tottenville Review. He holds a BA from Queens College and an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College. 
Pamela Harris has written for the Oxygen network and has created sitcoms for various production companies, including Howard Stern Productions. Most of her feature length screenplays have been optioned and one is currently being packaged. She has worked as a writer, editor and story editor for authors, publishers and production companies. She is also an award-winning visual artist and has shown her art all over the U.S. She holds a BFA. from the Hartford Art School. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   TV Writing  
Pete Jensen 
has developed original TV series for diverse production companies and he wrote the feature screenplay Derwin's Shadow, which won a development grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film "Charlie Primitive," which screened at over twenty festivals across the U.S. and Europe. His prose has been published in such literary magazines as Swink. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University.
Also Teaches:  Character Development   TV Writing   Unbound: Creative Writing   Write It Right!   Write-In  
Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers' Workshop. He is the editor of Writing Fiction, Fiction Gallery, and Writing Movies (all Bloomsbury USA). He is the author of numerous children's books, including titles in the Wishbone series (Lyrick Publishing) and the Hardy Boys series (Pocket Books). His plays include One Glorious Afternoon, Lightning and Frenzy, and King of Ragtime, and he scripted the documentary World War II: It Happened in Color. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University. Also Teaches:  Article Writing   Business Writing   Character Development   Screenwriting   TV Writing  
Paul Zimmerman wrote the feature screenplay, A Modern Affair (distributed by Tara Releasing and In Pictures, video by Columbia Tri-Star). He served as screenwriter-in-residence for Tribe Pictures, and has written screenplays for JEM Entertainment and Primusfilms. His one-person play, Reno, was presented in New York City at the West Bank Cafe, Under Acme, The Tweed Ensemble Festival of New Works, and at several other colleges and performance spaces nationwide. He authored the chapter on Character in Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA), part of GWWs series of writing guides. He received a playwriting grant from the New York Public Theatre and has taught at Hofstra University. Paul holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale. Also Teaches:  Character Development   Screenwriting  

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