Faculty Bios

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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 Shuffle at 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. He is the author of numerous plays, including Rodents & Radios and Gladiatoris. He wrote the screenplay adaptation to Will Scheffer's play Easter and directed the feature film. He has taught at NYU, Columbia University, 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.

Jason Greiff wrote the feature screenplay One Crash, Thee Accidents, published in Scenario magazine. His screenplays have won the NYU Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the Lew Wasserman Award for Best Comedy, and the National Student Screenplay Competition, and he was chosen for a fellowship by the American Film Institute. He authored the chapter on Tone/Theme in Gotham’s book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He has taught at NYU and Dartmouth College. He holds a BA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU.

Lisa 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 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.

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 writes 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). He authored the chapter on Scene in Gotham’s book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He holds a BA from Oberlin College.

G. D. Peters has published fiction in Folio, South Dakota Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, River Oak Review, Lynx Eye, Prairie Winds, The Licking River Review, Nebo,RiverSedge,and Reader’s Break, and he has served as an editor at FICTION. He has taught at The City College of New York and Lehman College. He holds a BA from Binghamton University, a JD from the University of Buffalo, and an MFA in Creative Writing from City College.

Lisa Reardon is the author of the novels The Mercy Killers (Counterpoint Press), Blameless (Random House), and Billy Dead (Viking), which was named one of 20 Top First Novels by Booklist. She has also written numerous plays which have been produced throughout the country. She has taught at the Circle Repertory School, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Division of Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Playwriting from Yale.

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.

Jeremy Wechter is the writer and director of the feature film e-Demon, and the short films “Shake Things Up,” “Popcorn,” “Skewed,” “Hand Off,” “Big Decisions,” and “Bad Connection.” He has directed numerous commercials, and written and directed numerous plays, including the Off-Broadway musical Little House on the Ferry, and he served as artistic director for Directors ‘n’ Actors Collaborative. He has taught at the New York Film Academy, 3rd Ward Art Center, and The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He holds a BFA from NYU.