Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

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.

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. 

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 (Coronet Theater), and Anger (Elephant Theatre). His feature 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.

Edward Einhorn is the author of the picture books A Very Improbable Story and Fractions In Disguise, (both Charlesbridge Press), and the middle-grade novels The Living House of Oz and Paradox In Oz, (both Hungry Tiger Press).  His plays have been produced at many theaters, including: The Velvet Oratorio (The Walter Bruno Theater at Lincoln Center), Fairy Tales of the Absurd (Theater 80), Unauthorized Magic in Oz (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Doctors Jane & Alexander (Theater 5), and The Living Methuselah (Theater 22), among many others. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation development grant, and is the artistic director of Untitled Theater Co. #61. He holds a BA in writing from The Johns Hopkins University.

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 has also written and optioned feature screenplays. 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.

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.

Jessie Sholl is the author of the memoir Dirty Secret  (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster). She has published fiction and nonfiction in Fiction, Lit, CutBank, Other Voices, the New York Times, Experience Life, and Ladies Home Journal. She is the co-editor of Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic  (Travelers’ Tales Press). She has taught at the New School University. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School University. 

Peter Stass co-wrote the screenplay for the produced feature film Relative Strangers (Danny DeVito, Kathy Bates, directed by Greg Glienna). He wrote and directed the short films “An Elaborate Plan” and “Career Advice.” He holds a BA from Hunter College.

Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers Workshop. He is the editor of the Gotham books 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.

Jeremy Wechter is the writer and director of the feature film Evil Alive 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 Cinema School. He holds a BA from NYU. 

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, 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.