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Max Adams has worked on multiple produced feature film projects including Excess Baggage, The Ladykillers, and One for the Money. She is the recipient of a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and of Austin Film Festival's feature film screenwriting award. She is the author of The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide (Academy of Film Writing). She has lectured at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Austin Film Festival, Film Arts Foundation, USC, and the New York Film Academy. She holds a BFA in Film from the University of Utah.
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.
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.
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.
wrote the produced feature films +1 (Plus One), which premiered at the SXSW festival and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and The Quitter. He is the creator and writer of the web series Couples—the Digital Series, and his short films include “The Ignorant Bliss of Sun and Moon,” which premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival; and “One Year Down,” which premiered at the Aspen Shortsfest. He has taught at Tulane University, the Polytechnic Institute at New York University, and the Art Institute of NYC. He holds a BA from Syracuse University and an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of New Orleans.
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.
Tommy Jenkins wrote the short film "Come Back to the Five and Dime Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton," which won Best Comedy at the Polo Ralph Lauren/New Line Columbia Film Festival, and his short film "Obit" has been screened at several film festivals. He authored a chapter on Plot in Gotham's book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA), and he is the author of Movie Trivia Quiz Book and The TV Trivia Book (Barnes & Noble). He has taught at Columbia University. He holds a BA from UNC at Chapel Hill and an MFA in Film from Columbia University.
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.
Doug Katz wrote and directed the feature film, Life in the Food Chain, which won the Focus Award from Eastman-Kodak for Best Screenplay and a Gold Medal at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. He is also a writer and director for the critically acclaimed children's series Alphabet Factory and has worked on projects for HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and Trident Releasing. He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, the American Film Institute, and the Kennedy Center. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University.
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.
wrote the screenplays for the feature films Clear Out and Shift, which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and has aired on PBS nationwide, and he has developed feature films with Automatic Pictures and Archer Entertainment. He served as associate producer for the documentaries Every Mother’s Son, which won the Tribeca Film Festival's Audience Award and aired on PBS, and Out At Work, which aired on HBO's America Undercover. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.