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).

Richard Caliban was artistic director of Cucaracha Theater in New York where over 14 seasons he produced numerous new works and directed many of his own plays, including Homo Sapien Shuffle at the Public Theatre. His work has also been seen at such venues as Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Geva Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and many others. 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 Gladiator. He has directed, taught and/or lectured at the National Theatre Conservatory, New York University, Columbia University, C.W. Post College, Hunter College, The City College of New York, Towson University, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and The Director’s Guild. 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), Anger (Elephant Theatre), and The Humanist (Dayton Playhouse). He wrote the feature film Another City, which premiered at the Manhattan Film Festival, and the feature screenplays 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.). His work has appeared in New York magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and FOLIO literary journal. He holds a BA from U.C. San Diego and an MFA in Film from USC.

Jason Greiff wrote the feature screenplay The Godparents, which was developed with Universal Studios and Marc Platt Productions (Legally Blonde). He has produced credits in children’s animation in China and Portugal, and has helped develop shows for Disney Asia and China’s largest media company CCTV. His screenplays have won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the Lew Wasserman Award for Best Comedy, and a national competition sponsored by the Writers Guild of America. He authored the chapter on Tone/Theme in Gotham’s book Writing Movies (Bloomsbury USA). He has taught at NYU. He holds a BA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch.

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.

Lisa Namdar Kaufman 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 the documentary film 8000 Paper Clips and 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.

C.C. Webster wrote the feature film Blue Ball, PA, and her feature script Missing won the American Scandinavian Society’s Cultural Grant. She wrote and directed the short films Tracks, Easter, and Civil War, which played at more than fifty film festivals worldwide. She directed the short film Babies(the F*it Club) and produced the short film Junebug and HurricaneShe is the founder and artistic director of the Drive-In Film Festival, and has worked for several companies in commercial production. She has taught at Brandeis University, Columbia University, and the American Youth Foundation. She holds a BA from Brandeis University, an MA from University College London, and an MFA in Film from Columbia University.