Faculty Bios

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Laura Cahill wrote the stage play Hysterical Blindness and adapted it into the screenplay for the film of the same name (HBO), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, for a Writers Guild Award, and for a Primetime Emmy Award in Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special. She wrote the pilot and six episodes of the TV series Pornopolis for IFC, and has also written pilots for HBO, Touchstone, Paramount, and WB. She adapted the screenplays for What Matters Most, The Down Low, and B Mother (all for Lifetime), and wrote the original screenplays Witness Protection (CBS) and Boston Strangler (USA). Her produced stage plays include Sondra (Apothecary Theater Company), Mercy (Vineyard Theatre), Jersey Girls Go to the Park (Urban Empire), and The Way and Stalker (both Naked Angels).

Miriam Datskovsky was a writer for the series Speechless (ABC Television) and writers' assistant for The Carrie Diaries (The CW). She developed the original pilot Hacked for Bluegrass FanFare at ABC Studios, and worked as a development associate for Silver and Gold Productions. Her pilot Missed Connections made Amazon's Consider List, and other original pilots have been finalists for the Creative World Awards and the Screencraft Pilot Launch awards. Her journalism and essays have appeared in Los Angeles magazine, New York magazine, Condé Nast Portfolio, Brides magazine, and Ravishly, among many others. She has taught at the Posse Foundation and volunteered with WriteGirl. She holds a BA 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 wrote the feature screenplay Grandview, which was selected for the Writers Laba program funded by Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey to encourage script development for women screenwriters. She has also written and optioned feature screenplays. She co-wrote and directed the short film En Route, a selection of the New York Short Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Festival, and the Blackbird Film Festival. 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.

Vanessa King wrote the TV pilot Two Roads, produced by Sony Playstation Entertainment and a selection of the Sony Worldwide Entertainment’s Emerging Filmmakers Program. She is also the writer and producer of the web series The EXpert (Cart Before Horse Productions) and the short films, Picture Perfect (forthcoming), and Only In New York.  Her screenplay Once More Eden was a semi-finalist in the AMPAS/Oscar®’s Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship, and her screenplays have been also 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 twice been named to the Vanity Fair “Downtown 100” list of New York’s top influencers in the entertainment industry. She has taught at Staffordshire University and the New York City Screenwriters’ Co-op, and 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 is creator/writer of Comedy USA TV (developed by Sony Pictures). He wrote and directed the short film Gail's New Boyfriend, which debuted at the Hoboken Film Festival, and his comedy special Not Dead Yet premiered on Amazon Prime. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing (Alpha). He holds a BA from Baruch College.