Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Bruce Cherry is a writer and performer for The Final Edition/The Final Edition Radio Hour and has been a producer, staff writer, or contributing writer for the Late Late Show on CBS, Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, The Randi Rhodes Show, Air America Radio, and Jest Magazine. He is a contributor to Air America: The Playbook (Rodale Books) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes (Alpha Books/Penguin), and was a featured columnist for City Scoops magazine. He has written humor for celebrities and politicians, including a U.S. President. He has also written for several animated web series, including The God & Devil Show. He holds a BA from Penn State University.

Dave Hanson has been a staff writer and producer for the television shows Chelsea Lately (E!) and Inside College Football (CBS Sports), a staff writer for the television show Gene Pool, and a writer and performer on the web series The Shorts Show. His stage play Waiting for Waiting for Godot was published by Oberon Books, was a selection of the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won the Overall Excellence in a Play award, and was produced by The Hub Theatre in Boston, the Loud Mouth Collective in Minneapolis, and Libby Brodie Productions at St. James’ Theatre in London, among others.  His short play Café d’Automatique is included in the Best 10-Minute Plays anthology (Smith & Kraus) and the Collective: 10-Play Anthology, and it’s been produced for the Nylon Fusion This Round’s On Us Short Play Festival, among many others. He’s taught at Emerson College, The New York Film Academy, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He has studied at the Oxford School of Drama and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Whittier College.

John Kachuba is the author of 12 books, including the novels Dark Entry and The Savage Apostle (both Sunbury Press) and the nonfiction books Shapeshifters: A History (Reaktion Books), Ghosthunting Ohio,  Ghosthunting Illinois, (both Clerisy Press), and Ghosthunters: On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, Spirit Seekers, and Other Investigators of America's Paranormal World (New Page Books). He is the editor of the anthology How to Write Funny (F & W Publications), and he is the series editor of the America's Haunted Road Trip books for Clerisy Press. His short humor, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications, including Tin House, Connecticut Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poets & Writers, and America's Civil War. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. He holds a BA from Sacred Heart University and MAs in Creative Writing from both Antioch University and Ohio University.

Scott LaCounte is the author of the humor memoir Quiet, Please (Da Capo Books). He has published humor pieces in McSweeney's, The Door, Campus Life, Morning News, Pacific Review, and Orange County Register. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, and an MLIS in Library Science from San Jose State University.

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.

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.

David Yoo is the author of the YA novels Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before (Hyperion) and Girls for Breakfast (Delacorte), the middle grade novel The Detention Club (Balzer + Bray), and the essay collection The Choke Artist (Grand Central). He has published fiction and nonfiction in Massachusetts Review, Rush Hour, Maryland Review, and the anthology Guys Write for Guys Read (Viking). He is also a columnist for KoreAm Journal. He has taught at Pine Manor College, Eckerd College, and CU-Boulder. He holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder.