School of the Arts Alumni

('09SOA) - J.J. Adler is co-executive producer and director of the 2011 TV series The Onion News Network, currently airing on IFC, as well as The Onion’s Peabody Award-winning web-series of the same name.
Jonathan Ames
('95SOA) - Jonathan Ames is the author of eight books: I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What's Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, Wake Up, Sir!, I Love You More Than You Know, The Alcoholi'c (a graphic novel) and The Double Life is Twice As Good. He is the creator of the HBO Original Series Bored to Death which starred Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, '06 - A former lawyer in Romania, Bogdan George Apetri moved to New York where he graduated from Columbia University's Film Program with a MFA degree in Film Directing. His student films screened and won awards at prominent short film festivals across the world (Clermont Ferrand, Rotterdam, Palm Springs, Cottbus, Montreal, Aarhus, Rhode Island, Woodstock etc). He was a National Finalist at the Student Academy Awards in 2006.
('03SOA) - Kamrooz Aram was born in Shiraz, Iran. He received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, before graduating with an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2001. He has had solo exhibitions at Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York, Olive Kamm/5BE Gallery in New York, Wilkinson Gallery in London, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
SOA Alumna -  Alice Arlen made her screenwriting debut with the 1983 film Silkwood, which she cowrote with Nora Ephron. The film, which received an Oscar nomination for best screenplay, starred Meryl Streep in the real-life story of a worker at a plutonium plant who is killed in a suspicious car accident when she takes too close a look into murky dealings at her job site. She also teamed up with Ephron to write the 1989 gangster comedy Cookie, which she also executive produced.
Mary Jo Bang
('98SOA) - Mary Jo Bang is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Apology for Want (1997), which received the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize; Louise in Love (2001); The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001); Elegy (2007), which won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; andThe Bride of E (2009). She was awarded a Pushcart Prize in 2003, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. Bang was the poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995 to 2005.
Albert Berger
('83SOA) - Albert Berger formed Bona Fide Productions with Ron Yerxa in 1993. Their producing credits include King of the Hill (1993), Election (1999), The Wood (1999), Pumpkin (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Bee Season (2005), The Ice Harvest (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Little Children (2006). Bona Fide’s executive producing credits include the Wilco documentaryI Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002), Hamlet 2 (2008)and the documentary Chevolution (2008).
('95SOA and '94SOA) - Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are an award-winning documentarian and feature-filmmaking team. Their award-winning debut, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s, depicted the closing of a Los Angeles restaurant and celebrity hang-out from the point of view of its staff. Both USA Today and CNN selected it as one of the 10 best movies of 1998. In 2003, their Harvey Pekar biopic American Splendor, starring Paul Giamatti, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Kathryn Bigelow
('81SOA) - Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Award for Best Director, for her film The Hurt Locker, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. She also directed Near Dark (1987), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002).
Carolyn Casselman
Adjunct Assistant Professor, '03 - Carolyn J. Casselman is an attorney in the Entertainment Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, where she represents a variety of clients in the media and entertainment industries. Her practice ranges from counseling Broadway producers and not-for-profit theaters to negotiating license agreements in connection with film, new media and other entertainment-related ventures. She also assists clients with copyright and trademark registration and portfolio maintenance.
Liz Chae
('09SOA) - Liz Chae is a writer/director committed to bringing stories of women and the Korean-American experience to the screen. Born in Jamaica to Korean parents, she and her family immigrated to New York City where she pursued her love of writing and photography before studying film in Paris. Liz began her career in film exhibition and then moved into film production, working on Tony Bui’s Three Seasons and Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool. This led to a career producing movie trailers for Paramount and Nickelodeon.  
Tina Chang
('97SOA) - Tina Chang is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses (2004) and Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books, 2011) and co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008).  Her poems have appeared in American Poet, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, and The New York Times among others.
('02SOA) - Efterpi Charalambidis received her Master of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University (New York) in 2002. Her first short, "Niko´s Restaurant," won awards for Best Actor and Best Editing at the Columbia University Film Festival in 2001. Her second short, "El Chancecito" ("A Little Chance"), shot in Caracas and released in commercial theaters as pre-feature entertainment, won the New Line Cinema Award for Best Director, the Lifetime Television Award for Best Director and many other awards.
('08SOA) - Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM. She has directed/co-authored all the company’s work, and loves this family.
Lisa Cholodenko
('97SOA) - Lisa Cholodenko’s most recent feature film, The Kids Are All Right, garnered rave reviews, as well two Golden Globes and four Academy Award nominations. The film, which Cholodenko directed and co-wrote with Stuart Blumberg, stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening. Cholodenko got her start in film as assistant editor on Boyz N the Hood and Used People, and after earning her MFA at Columbia, wrote and directed several acclaimed short films.
Deborah Chow
('03SOA) - Deborah Chow is an up-and-coming Canadian director and screenwriter whose debut film, The High Cost of Living, starred Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais. Released this spring, the indie drama probes both the guilt and the unexpected friendship that develop between a hit-and-run driver and a woman who loses her unborn child in the accident.
Kahane Cooperman
('91SOA) -  Kahane Cooperman is the co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has been with the show since its inception in 1996, serving as field producer, senior producer and supervising producer before becoming the co-executive producer in 2005. For her work on the show, she has received eight Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. Kahane began her career as a documentary filmmaker.
('92SOA) - Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2010.
('12SOA) - Kate Croasdale is a freelance stage manager based in New York City. Her Broadway credits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ghost The Musical, Relatively Speaking and Dead Accounts. Other New York credits include: Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life (at New World Stages), The Band Wagon (City Center Encores!) and When January Feels Like Summer (Ensemble Studio Theatre).
('81SOA) - Richard Crudo is a veteran cinematographer and member of the American Society of Cinematographers. He served three terms as president of the ASC. He has done cinematography work on more than 20 films, including American Pie, Down to Earth, Out Cold, Outside Providence, Federal Hill, American Buffalo, Grind, Brooklyn Rules, and Music from Another Room. He did his first work as cinematographer with director Michael Corrente the 1993 film Federal Hill, a gritty black-and-white drama about young Italian men on the outskirts of the mob world.
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