Faculty Bios

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Kara Lee Corthron was a staff writer for the TV series Kings (NBC). She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and her produced plays include: Julius by Design (Fulcrum Theater), Etched in Skin on a Sunlit Night, (InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia), AliceGraceAnon (New Georges), and Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre, DC). She is also the author of the novel The Truth of Right Now (Simon & Schuster, forthcoming). She has taught at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts, Ohio University, and TheaterLab. She holds a BA from the University of Maryland, an Artist’s Diploma from the Julliard School (where she was also a playwright in residence), and an MA in Playwriting, Directing, and Performance Studies from NYU.

Julia Dahl has served on the writing staffs of the TV series The West WingParty of Five, and the web series SuperMoms, and she has sold TV pilots to ABC, FOX, Sony, and Universal Cable Productions. She wrote the screenplays for the feature films Flirting With 40 (Sony) and Uptown Girls (MGM). She has also written screenplays for Sony, 20th Century FOX, Columbia-Tristar, New Regency, New Line, Fine Line, Tribeca Films, Greenestreet Films and Lionsgate. She is also the author of the novel Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes (Dutton), using the pen name Jules Moulin. She holds a BA from The New School and an MS in Journalism from Columbia 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.

Vanessa King is East Coast Development Consultant for Critical Content TV Studios, and her drama pilot Deliver US won the Grand Prize in the Script Chix/ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Competition. Her screenplays have been finalists in the Final Draft Big Break Contest, the Great American Screenplay Competition, and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, among many others, as well as named to the Diversity List. She won the Young Playwright’s Distinction Award and the Off-Off Broadway Audience Favorite Award. She has performed numerous times as an invited storyteller at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade. She has taught at Staffordshire University and the New York City Screenwriters’ Co-Op. She holds a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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.

David Pace has worked as a staff writer and writers’ assistant on TV shows including Murder in the First and RPM Miami, and for production companies including White Horse Pictures and Idea Cartel. He has taught at the University of Southern California and the EPS Educational Institute in South Korea, and is an alumnus of the Agent Trainee Program at the United Talent Agency. He holds a BA from Princeton University and an MFA in Cinematic Arts from USC.

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.

Laura Wolner has worked as a writers' assistant, a staff writer, a producer, and a supervising producer on numerous series, including Dawson’s Creek (WB), The Young Americans (WB), Strong Medicine (Lifetime), Bones (Fox), and Six Degrees (ABC). She was director of development for Vanguard Films and a script reader for Miramax Films. She has taught at Mount Saint Mary's College, Boston University, and Cornell University. She holds a BA from Cornell University and an MA in English from Boston University.