Faculty + Visiting Artists

Core Faculty

Bill BleichBill Bleich (MFA, UCLA), associate director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage, is a screenwriter with more than a dozen produced network television movies, features, mini-series and pilots to his credit. His telefilm, Deadly Messages, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery. Other credits include: Good Cops, Bad Cops; Danger Island; The Midnight Hour; Smoky Mountain Christmas; Children of Stepford; Gladiator; The Hearse; When Dreams Come True and From the Dead of Night. He created the Universal syndicated television series Shades of L.A. and was on staff of the Showtime series Poltergeist: The Legacy.

Bill BleichThomas Bradshaw (MFA, Brooklyn College) joins the Department of Radio/Television/Film from Medgar Evers College in New York, where he was an assistant professor. Bradshaw is a playwright, the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize. He is the author of Mary, which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in 2010; The Ashes; The Bereaved, which was named one of the Best Plays of 2009 by Time Out New York and was a New York Times Critic's Pick; and Southern Promises and Dawn, both listed among the Best Performances of Stage and Screen for 2008 in The New Yorker. His other works have included Prophet, Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist, Cleansed, Purity, and Job. Bradshaw has been featured as one of Time Out New York's ten playwrights to watch, as one of Paper Magazine's Beautiful People, and as Best Provocative Playwright in the Village Voice.

Bill BleichZayd Dohrn (MFA, NYU) is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced and developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Naked Angels, Marin Theatre, The Public (SPF), South Coast Rep, Alliance Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Alchemy Theatre, Southern Rep, and Kitchen Dog Theater, among others. He won Lincoln Center's Lecomte du Nouy Prize, the Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award, the Sky Cooper Prize, and the Jean Kennedy Smith Award, as well as residencies and/or commissions from Ars Nova, Dallas Theatre Center, Chautauqua, and the Royal Court Theatre of London. He is currently developing screenplays for Vox3 Films and American Film Company, as well as co-writing a pilot for HBO.

Bill BleichRebecca Gilman (MFA, University of Iowa) was recently named to Goodman Theatre's Artistic Collective. She is the author of plays including Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, The Crowd You're In With, Dollhouse, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Blue Surge, and The Glory of Living. Boy Gets Girl was listed as in Time Magazine's list of top 10 plays and musicals of the decade. Her plays have received numerous productions at regional theatres and abroad, including productions at the Goodman Theatre (where she is a member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective), the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, and Manhattan Class Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, and The George Devine Award. She was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her play, The Glory of Living.

Bill BleichDavid Tolchinsky (MFA, University of Southern California), director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage, is a screenwriter (Sony Tristar's Girl) with screenplay commissions from such companies as MGM, USA Networks, Disney, Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures, Edward R. Pressman Film Corp, Addis-Wechsler/Industry Entertainment, and many other projects in development. Some of his work centers on teen subcultures such as heavy-metal fans, Florida surfer teens, teen groupies, and female football players, particularly in relation to social decay. He is also interested in horror, both psychological and physical. He has a secondary interest in sound design and has designed the sound for interactive computer environments and video installations that have been exhibited internationally.

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