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Richard Caliban was artistic director of Cucaracha Theater in New York where over 14 seasons he produced numerous new works and directed many of his own plays, including Homo Sapien Shuffle at the Public Theatre. His work has also been seen at such venues as Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Geva Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and many others. He wrote the book, lyrics, music, and directed MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, which won “Outstanding Musical” at the New York International Fringe Festival. He is the author of numerous plays, including Rodents & Radios and Gladiator. He has directed, taught and/or lectured at the National Theatre Conservatory, New York University, Columbia University, C.W. Post College, Hunter College, The City College of New York, Towson University, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and The Director’s Guild. He holds a BA from Bard College and attended the Yale School of Drama and the New York Film Academy.
Jason Greiff wrote the feature screenplay The Godparents, which was developed with Universal Studios and Marc Platt Productions (Legally Blonde). He has produced credits in children’s animation in China and Portugal, and has helped develop shows for Disney Asia and China’s largest media company CCTV. His screenplays have won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the Lew Wasserman Award for Best Comedy, and a national competition sponsored by the Writers Guild of America. He authored the chapter on Tone/Theme in Gotham’s book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He has taught at NYU. He holds a BA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch.
Pamela Harris created Married by the Hour, a half-hour comedy (Howard Stern Productions) and served as a staff writer for Life on the Line, a one-hour drama (Oxygen Network). She wrote the feature screenplay Grandview, which was selected for the Writers Lab, a program funded by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey to encourage script development for women screenwriters. She has also written and optioned feature screenplays. She co-wrote and directed the short film En Route, a selection of the New York Short Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Festival, and the Blackbird Film Festival. She is an award-winning visual artist and has shown her art all over the U.S. She holds a BFA from the Hartford Art School.
Tal McThenia wrote the screenplay for the dramatic film Shift, which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and aired on PBS nationwide, and he has developed feature films with Automatic Pictures and Archer Entertainment. He has written for Butterbean’s Café (Nickelodeon), and animated science mysteries for Mosa Mack Science, an award-winning middle-school science curriculum. He reported and wrote The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar, a one-hour documentary for the NPR radio show This American Life, and is the co-author of the book based on that documentary, A Case for Solomon (Free Press). His essays and articles have appearaed in Vanity Fair, Atlas Obscura, and Popula, among others. He authored the chapter on Scene in Gotham’s book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He holds a BA from Oberlin College.
Lisa Namdar Kaufman wrote the animated feature film Baldy Heights (Bleiberg Entertainment/Pitchipoy Productions), and the TV drama In the Prime of Her Life, which aired on Israel’s public broadcasting station. She has written short films that have been shown at festivals around the world, from the Cannes International Film Festival to the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. She has served as story editor on the documentary film 8000 Paper Clips and TV shows in development with Sony, ABC, and Happy Madison. She has taught at Columbia University and the New York Independent Film Workshop. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Film from Columbia University.
Josh Sippie is Gotham’s director of publishing guidance. He has published short stories and nonfiction in Hobart, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Brevity, the Guardian, the Writer Magazine, ScreenRant, and Points in Case. He is an associate editor at Uncharted Magazine, has served as a developmental editor and proofreader for Del Sol Review and Writers Clearinghouse, and has overseen writers on numerous professional blogs. He holds a BA from the University of Central Missouri.
Nelsie Spencer is the author of the novel The Playgroup, (St. Martin’s Press), and the feature screenplay A Girl's Best Friend. She co-wrote the feature film Valley Inn, which debuted at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. She wrote, produced, and co-hosted the radio show The Radio Ritas, (Greenstone Media) and hosts the podcast Losing It. She co-wrote and starred in the play My Heart Belongs To Daddy, produced at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Dorothy Lyman’s A Director’s Theater in Los Angeles, and at Duke University’s Pre-Broadway series, and her one-woman show Goodbye Cream played at the When I’m 34 Festival in Los Angeles. She studied dance and theater at Orange Coast College, and fiction at The New School.
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, among other production companies. His play Pigs and Bugs was originally presented at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Festival, and has subsequently been produced in Los Angeles and Vermont. His one-person play, Reno, was presented in New York City at the West Bank Cafe and subsequently at several other colleges and performance spaces nationwide. He has published fiction in Confrontation Magazine, and he authored the chapter on Character in Gotham's book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He received a playwriting grant from the New York Public Theatre and has taught at Hofstra University and St. John's University. Paul holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale.