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"The instructor had an incredible ability to see where we wanted to take our pieces and to move us in that direction—seemingly of our own volition."
- Jim Fuchs
"The instructor made me really want to write every day, an amazing feat considering I spend up to 12 hours a day working as a television news producer. Thanks to this course, I actually lost sleep because I was busy writing. And I was happy about it!"
- Jill Tate
 Network News Producer
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Playwriting Faculty
Richard Caliban was artistic director of Cucaracha Theater in New York where he produced numerous new works and directed many of his own plays, including Homo Sapien Shuffleat the Public Theatre. He wrote the book, lyrics, music, and directed MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, which won "Outstanding Musical" at the New York International Fringe Festival. His play Rodents & Radios is published in From the Other Side of the Century II: A New American Drama 1960-1995 (Sun & Moon Press), and his play Gladiatoris published in Act One Festival '95 (Smith and Kraus). He wrote the screenplay adaptation to Will Scheffer's play Easter and directed the feature film. He has taught at NYU, Columbia, The City College of New York, C.W. Post College, Hunter College, and the National Theater Conservatory. He holds a BA from Bard College and attended the Yale School of Drama and the New York Film Academy.
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.
Jim Mendrinos wrote, directed and starred in the web series Living in Exile (New Media Comedy), and he is the creator of the sitcoms MAX, King's Castle, The Yuk Hut (optioned by f/x, WB, Fox), and creator/writer for Comedy USA TV (developed by Sony Pictures). He has written numerous screenplays and appears nationwide as a stand-up comic. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing (Alpha). He holds a BA from Baruch College. Also Teaches:  Online Video   Take Away   TV Writing  
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 GWW’s 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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