Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her memoir about her Czech heritage, which was awarded a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship in 1981. She also has two collections of poetry, Woman before an Aquarium, and Resort and Other Poems.more
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Dr. Dorita Hannah’s teaching, research and creative work focus on the intersection between performance and space. She publishes on practices that negotiate art, architecture and theatre, with her designs incorporating scenographic, interior, exhibition and installation design, as well as a specialized consultancy in visual & performing arts architecture and the creation of international dance-architecture projects.more
A director, actress and voice teacher, Andrea Haring is the associate director of The Linklater Center for Voice and Language and the coordinator for Linklater Teacher Training. Haring is currently on faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and Fordham University. She previously taught at Yale School of Drama, The New Actor's Workshop, New York University Tisch Undergraduate Drama, and Dartmouth College. She regularly teaches at theater schools and companies in Spain, Italy, Finland, Germany and Iceland.more
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Lis Harris received a B.A. from Bennington College and was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1970 to 1995. In addition to innumerable articles, reviews and commentaries, she is the author of Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family, Rules of Engagement: Four American Marriages, and Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty dealings and the Corporate Squeeze. A two-time Woodrow Wilson Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship recipient, she was awarded grants in 1998 from the J.M.more
Sheila Heti is the author of five books: the story collection, The Middle Stories; the novel, Ticknor ; and an illustrated book for children, We Need a Horse, featuring art by Clare Rojas. With Misha Glouberman, she wrote a book of "conversational philosophy" called The Chairs Are Where the People Go, which The New Yorker chose as one of its Best Books of 2011.more
David Hinton's many translations of ancient Chinese poetry have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary poetry that conveys the actual texture and density of the originals. His work is included as a major part of The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry, an anthology that presents the major literary translators of ancient Chinese poetry in English.more
Nicole Holofcener is a writer and director acclaimed for her work in film and television. Her most recent film, Please Give, won the Spirit Awards’ Robert Altman Award and was nominated for Best Screenplay. The independent comedy-drama starred Catherine Keener and Rebecca Hall. Holofcener got her start in film as production assistant on Woody Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy and then moved up to apprentice editor on the director’s Hannah and Her Sisters.more
Richard Howard was born in 1929 in Cleveland, received a B.A. from Columbia in 1951 and did graduate work at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. He is the author of fourteen books of poetry, including Untitled Subjects (1969), Trappings (1999), and Talking Cures (2002), as well as the critical study Alone with America and the critical prefaces of the anthology Preferences. Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003 and Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965-2003 were compiled and released jointly by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2004. His most recent collection, Without Saying, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in poetry.more
Maureen Howard graduated from Smith College. She is the author of eight novels, among them Natural History, A Lover’s Almanac, Bridgeport Bus, and Expensive Habits. Her autobiography, Facts of Life, received the National Book Critics Award. She is the editor of Seven Women Writers, The Penguin Book of Contemporary American Essays, and the centennial edition of Mrs. Dalloway.more
Courtney Hunt’s debut feature film, Frozen River, won a slew of awards and was featured on many critics best films of 2008 lists, including those for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. The film, which Hunt wrote and directed, is an unflinching drama about a working-class single mother who, desperate for quick cash to make ends meet, joins a Mohawk woman in smuggling immigrants over the Canadian border. The film won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and opened the New Directors/New Films festival at MoMA and the Lincoln Center.more
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Few writers have turned issues around ethnicity and identity into a widely acclaimed and award-winning career like David Henry Hwang. This Chinese American playwright, described by the New York Times as "a true original" and by TIME magazine as "the first important dramatist of American public life since Arthur Miller," is best known as the author of M. Butterfly.more
Annette Insdorf is an internationally renowned educator, and author of Francois Truffaut, Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust, and Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski. Each of her books has become the definitive text on its subject, and the measure for other studies that follow.more
Annemarie Jacir has been working in independent film since 1994 and has written, directed and produced a number of films, including "A Post Oslo History" (1998), "The Satellite Shooters" (2001) and "Like Twenty Impossibles" (2003). She has taught courses at Columbia, Bethlehem, and Birzeit University. She also works as a freelance editor and cinematographer. Salt of this Sea (2008) is her first feature film and her second work to debut at Cannes Film Festival. Having been banned from returning to Palestine, she now lives in Amman, Jordan.more
After graduating Columbia College ('63CC, English literature), Alan Jacobs was a film student at the School of the Arts in the mid '60s but left early to take work as a documentary director, editor, and producer. He eventually received the MFA in 2004 in order to teach film at the university level. In the interim Jacobs was co-owner of Odeon Films, a New York independent production and distribution film company, co-directing, co-producing, and editing documentaries for 15 years.more
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Caryn James is a film and culture critic, and a novelist. She writes the “James on screenS” film and television blog for Indiewire, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review and other publications.
She was previously a film critic, chief television critic and critic at large for The New York Times. She regularly hosts on-stage conversations about television at the 92nd St. Y, and as a film commentator has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC, Charlie Rose and other programs.
Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek; her reviews and essays have appeared in New York Magazine, Grand Street, Vogue, Harper's and elsewhere. Her book, On Michael Jackson, was published in 2006. She has also written and performed two theater pieces at The Cherry Lane Theatre and The Culture Project.more
Khary Jones was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey.
His short film Hug was an Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize (Student Film) at the 2009 AFI-Dallas Film Festival. Hug has also screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the Palm Springs International ShortFest, Screen Brooklyn: the 43rd Brooklyn Arts Council Film Festival (where it won the Screenwriting Award), and many other festivals.more
Michael Joo is a New York based artist. He uses sculpture, performance and installation in his work, as well as a combination of scientific language and complex structures that exemplify and parody the potential of form. Joo received his BFA from Washington University in 1989, followed by an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 1991.more
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Jamal Joseph has written and directed for Black Starz, HBO, Fox TV, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., and A&E. His produced screenplays include Ali: An American Hero (Fox), New York Undercover (Fox), Knights of the South Bronx (A&E), and The Many Trials of Tammy B. (Nickelodeon). He wrote and directed Drive By: A Love Story, Da Zone, and the docudrama Hughes Dreams Harlem for Black Starz.more
Film MFA: Screenwriting I
In this introductory workshop on screenwriting, students write several short screenplays over the course of the semester and learn the basics of the craft. Character, action, conflict, story construction, the importance of showing instead of telling, and other essential components are explored.
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Heidi Julavits' most recent novel is The Vanishers. She is also the author of The Uses of Enchantment and The Effect of Living Backwards, both New York Times Notable Books, and The Mineral Palace, a finalist for the Young Lions Literary Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, McSweeney's, New York Magazine, the New York Times, Vogue, Bookforum and other places.more