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.

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.

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.

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.

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.