Faculty + Visiting Artists

Core Faculty

Bill 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.

Thomas 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. Bradshaw’s play Intimacy premiered off-Broadway as part of The New Group’s season. He was included in NewCity Film Magazine’s list of Chicago’s 50 Screen Gems of 2014. Professor Bradshaw is working on adapting Uncle Tom’s Cabin into a miniseries for UNEAC Films, as well as creating an original television series for HBO and Harpo Films. His new play Carlyle will premiere spring 2016 at the Goodman Theatre after a successful reading series in winter 2015.

Zayd 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. In summer 2014 Professor Dohrn was a resident artist at the Orchard Project, developing a new play with The Exchange Theatre. He was recently profiled in the Jewish Daily Forward, Stage Raw, NewCity Magazine’s “Lit 50” 2014 and the Guild Literary Complex "25 to Watch." His feature screenplay, Scorched, is in pre-production in the UK with Bedlam Films and director Peter Webber (Girl With a Pearl Earring).

Rebecca Gilman (MFA, University of Iowa) was recently named to Goodman Theatre's Artistic Collective. Rebecca Gilman’s play Luna Gale won the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award 2015. It premiered at the Goodman Theater this past winter, winning the Equity Jeff Award for Best New Work. Luna Gale was remounted at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Additional plays include 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 has also been named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern’s highest honor for teaching. She was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her play, The Glory of Living.

David Tolchinsky (MFA, University of Southern California) is the Co-Founder and Director of Northwestern’s MFA program in Writing for the Screen and Stage and Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio/Television/Film. His credits as a screenwriter include Sony Tristar’s Girl and screenplay commissions from such companies as MGM, USA Networks, Disney, Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures, Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation, and Addis-Wechsler/Industry Entertainment, with many other projects in development. His work spans teen culture, mental illness, and psychological horror. 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. In 2003 he was nominated for two Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild Golden Reel Awards for his sound design for Debra Tolchinsky’s Dolly and Lucky. In 2008 he was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. In 2011 he coproduced Debra Tolchinsky’s feature documentary Fast Talk. Also with Debra Tolchinsky he has cocurated The Horror Show at New York City’s Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Shimon Attie: The Neighbor Next Door at Northwestern’s Block Museum, and The Presence of Absence, sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Council at Chicago’s Hairpin Arts Center. His reflective humor piece about Spalding Gray, “Where’s the Rest of Me?,” was recently published in Paraphilia magazine. More recently, Tolchinsky was included on the NewCity Film Magazine’s 2013 list of Chicago’s top 50 players in film,  was the recipient of a $15,000 2014 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Literature, and was nominated for Best Play and was named Best Director at the 2015 Riant Theatre Strawberry One-Act Festival, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City. Tolchinsky holds a BA from Yale University.

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