Faculty + Visiting Artists

Core Faculty

Bill Bleich (MFA, UCLA) 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), associate director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage, is a playwright and screenwriter. His newest play,The Profane, will premiere off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2017. Other plays include Outside People (The Vineyard Theatre/Naked Angels), Want (Steppenwolf First Look), Sick (National New Play Network), and Reborning (The Public/SPF). Dohrn has developed television series for HBO, Showtime, the Sundance Channel, and BBC America, and feature films with UK-based Bedlam Productions, the American Film Company, and Vox3 Films. He won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, the WGAe Dramatic Pilot Contest, and Theatre Master’s Visionary Playwrights Award, and was a two-time recipient of Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize. www.zayddohrn.com.

Rebecca Gilman's (MFA, University of Iowa) plays include Luna Gale, Boy Gets Girl, Spinning Into Butter, Dollhouse, Blue Surge, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, The Glory of Living, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and The Crowd You’re in With. Her plays have received numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, including productions at the Goodman Theatre (where she is a member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective), Steppenwolf Theatre, The Acting Company, Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Seattle Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alliance Theatre, Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, and Manhattan Class Company. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award, 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, The George Devine Award, The Theatre Masters Visionary Award, The Great Plains Playwright Award, The Roe Green Award, an Ingram Playwriting Fellowship, and an Illinois Arts Council fellowship. She is the recipient of a Global Connections Grant from the Theatre Communications Group and an American Scandinavian Foundation Creative Writing Grant for the development of a new play in conjunction with Göteborgs Dramatiska Teater in Gothenburg, Sweden. Boy Gets Girl received an Olivier Nomination for best new play and was included in Time Magazine’s list of Top Ten plays of the decade. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Glory of Living. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America. She is also the recipient of a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern’s highest honor for teaching.

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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