Visual Arts 2003

Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance art, painting, sculpture, music and collage. His work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, communicating and exploring self image and forward projection.  full profile 

Film 2009

J.J. Adler is a New York based director and writer currently on the roster of the award winning bi-coastal production company Tool of North America, Steam Films in Canada, and Mustard London in the UK. full profile 

Theatre 2012

Ito Aghayere is a Nigerian, Canadian, American actress and former White House intern who was never the kind of kid who wanted to grow up to become a ballerina or the President of the United States. All she wanted was to be able to use her big mouth without getting in trouble for it. full profile 

Writing 2009

Yelena Akhtiorskaya is the author of the novel Panic in a Suitcase, published by Riverhead Books in 2014. It was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book for 2014 and a National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree. She graduated from the Columbia MFA Writing Program in 2009. full profile 

Visual Arts 2001

David Altmejd is a sculptor who lives and works in New York. He is fascinated with the extraordinary potential of the object, and convinced that the act of making can generate meaning. full profile 

Writing 2007

Mia Alvar is the author of In the Country (Knopf), a collection that won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and the University of Rochester's Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She has received support from the Corporation of Yaddo,and elsewhere. full profile 

Writing 1995

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. full profile 

Film 2006

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. full profile 

Film 1981

Alice Arlen made her screenwriting debut with the 1983 film Silkwood, which she cowrote with Nora Ephron. full profile 

Columbia College 1996

Writer/director Ramin Bahrani’s films have screened at the Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. Bahrani has won numerous awards including the FIPRESCI critic’s prize for best film in Venice (Goodbye Solo, 2009) and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others. full profile 

Writing 1992

Christopher Bakken is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Eternity & Oranges (forthcoming, Pitt Poetry Series, 2016) and a book of travel writing called Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at The Greek Table. full profile 

Writing 2014

Before attending Columbia to pursue her MFA, Basu studied economics and French at Cornell University. She also has experience as an actress, a subject she wrote about in a 2013 essay in the New York Times, “Failure in Bollywood”. full profile 

Writing 2005

Cris Beam is an author of both fiction and nonfiction: her latest book is To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, which was released by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt in August 2013. full profile 

Film 1983

Albert Berger formed Bona Fide Productions with Ron Yerxa in 1993. full profile 

Writing 2009

Keri Bertino is a fiction writer and the former director of the Writing Center at Baruch College, CUNY. She's taught at Columbia, The Cooper Union, Baruch College, Baltimore City Public Schools, and elsewhere. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s and Fametracker, and she is at work on a novel. full profile 

Visual Arts 1989

Huma Bhabha was born in 1962, in Karachi, Pakistan. She currently lives and works in Poughkeepsie, NY. In her current exhibition at Salon 94, the artist presents new work in both of the gallery’s downtown spaces. full profile 

Film 1996

Andy Bienen received a BA from New York University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. He cowrote Boys Don't Cry with Kimberly Peirce '96, director of the film. full profile 

Film 1981

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. full profile 

Theatre 1986

Directed the original production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change which ran for 12 years and 5,003 performances, (the second longest running musical in off-Broadway history) as well as productions in North America, London’s West End, Tokyo, and the Mandarin language production in Shanghai a full profile 

Theatre 2010

Renee is the Managing Director of Ars Nova, where she's produced award-winning new plays including Underground Railroad Game & Small Mouth Sounds, while growing the company by over 25% in just three years. Prior to Ars Nova, Renee was the Producing Director of the Playwrights Realm. full profile 

Writing 2011

Justin Boening is the author of Not on the Last Day, But on the Very Last, which won the National Poetry Series, and Self-Portrait as Missing Person. His work has appeared in Iowa Review, Poetry International, Tin House and others. He is a recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. full profile 

CC 1998

Christopher Bollen is a writer and editor who lives in New York. He has published three novels—The Destroyers (2017), Orient (2015), and Lightning People (2011). A fourth novel, set in Venice, will be published by Harper in 2018. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels makes site-intruding installations that often embed into existing architecture with sculptural outcrops that sit somewhere between folklore and sci-fi, an exploration of the seams between the real and the imagined and how one becomes the other. full profile 

Visual Arts 2005

Ethan Breckenridge was born in Madison, WI in 1977. Lives and works in NY, exhibits at institutions and galleries, producing projects in, Berlin Germany (unitednationsplaza), Santa Cruz Bolivia (Museo Patino), and Bern Switzerland. (Zentrum Paul Klee). full profile 

Visual Arts 1986

Ramona Bronkar Bannayan has been with The Museum of Modern Art since 1990, and was named Senior Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections in 2011.  She oversees the administration of the entire roster of temporary exhibitions, gallery rotations, performance, film, and collection shows, sup full profile 

Theatre 1994

Christopher Burney is the Artistic Producer of Second Stage. He has worked with Second Stage since 1996. Among the many notable productions at Second Stage, selected productions he has shepherded include Dear Evan Hansen (book by Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul) full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Esteban Cabeza de Baca (b. 1985) is a painter from the border town of San Ysidro, CA. Esteban is an observational painter at heart; whether he’s painting outdoors or from the unconscious his goal is to expand Plein Air painting from its origins. full profile 

Film 2012

A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Film program, Jessica Caldwell produced Electrick Children which premiered at Berlin and SXSW 2012 and was distributed in 2013. Her short film work has premiered at Sundance, Telluride and Tribeca. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Cristina Camacho (b. 1987, Bogotá, Colombia) earned a BFA in Design and Fine Arts from Universidad de los Andes. In 2010, she moved to New York where she studied at the School of Visual Arts, NYU, the Art Students League, and Parsons. She participated in the Summer Residency Program at SVA. full profile 

Writing 2004

James Cañón's debut novel has been translated into eleven languages, published in over twenty countries, and was made into a film. James has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix du Premier Meilleur Roman Étranger, and the Prix des Lecteurs de Vincennes.  full profile 

Writing 1981

Robert Carnevale’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Sidereal Times and other magazines and anthologies. full profile 

Writing 2009

Rachel Carter is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. She attended the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

jcl@HavenForTheDispossessed.org full profile 

Visual Arts 2012

Nathan Catlin is the Studio and Project Manager at the LeRoy Neiman Center with over 8 years of experience in professional editioning. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University teaching relief printmaking. full profile 

Theatre 1993

Steven Chaikelson began teaching at Columbia in 1998 and, since 2002, has been serving as the Director of the Theatre Management and Producing Concentration. full profile 

Film 2002

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. full profile 

Theatre 2014

Hammaad Chaudry is a New York City based playwright from Edinburgh, Scotland. His work has been staged in both the U.K. and U.S. including the The Royal Court Theatre in London, The New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, The Pershing Square Signature Center and The Flea Theater. full profile 

Theatre 2008

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.   full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Jenny Cho (b.1985/Seoul, Korea) received her BFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2008 and currently lives and works in New York and Seoul. full profile 

Film 1997

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.   full profile 

Film 2003

Deborah Chow is a Canadian director and screenwriter. Her short film, Daypass, won the Best Actor Award at the Milano Film Festival and the Best Short at the Turin Film Festival. The feature-length screenplay version of the film won the Comedy Central Award for Best Comedy Screenplay. full profile 

Writing 2009

Melissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. She currently writes the popular Food Section column, A Good Appetite, at the New York Times. Her work has received many awards. She has written 39 cookbooks, many in collaboration with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Sam Cockrell makes paintings, sculptures, and videos that think about the animals that find themselves in the locus of America's cultural and political tension. He was born in 1989 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia and received his BFA in 2-dimensional art from the University of Tennessee. full profile 

Visual Arts 2011

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   full profile 

Visual Arts 1984

Nancy Cohen’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and is represented in important collections, such as The Montclair Museum, The Newark Public Library, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery and The Zimmerli Museum. full profile 

Theatre 2010

Clarence Coo has served as Program Administrator of the Graduate Writing Program since 2010. He received his MFA in Playwriting from the Columbia University School of the Arts and is the recipient of the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. He is a member of New Dramatists and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. full profile 

Film 1991

Kahane Cooperman was the co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since its inception in 1996 to 2015. She served as the show's field producer, senior producer and supervising producer before becoming the co-executive producer in 2005. full profile 

Writing 2016

Trevor Corson is the author of two books. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing and he was managing editor of the literary magazine Transition when it won three consecutive Alternative Press Awards. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and elsewhere. full profile 

Theatre 1992

Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2010. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Pamela Council was born in 1986 in Southampton, New York. She received a B.A. from Williams College in 2007. She works primarily in sculpture and print-based projects. full profile 

Visual Arts 2013

Aurélien was born and raised in France, where he graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Haute École dʼArt et de Design in Geneva. He completed an MFA in Visual Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts in May 2013. full profile 

Writing 2008

Meehan Crist is writer-in-residence in Biological Sciences at Columbia University. Previously she was editor-at-large at Nautilus and reviews editor at the Believer. full profile 

Film 2013

Rob Cristiano is a Brooklyn-born independent filmmaker. full profile 

Theatre 2012

Kate Croasdale is a freelance stage manager based in New York City. Her Broadway credits include: Sunday in the Park with George, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ghost The Musical, Relatively Speaking and Dead Accounts. full profile 

Film 1981

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, cinematographer Richard  Crudo, ASC's lengthy resume includes such notable feature credits as American Buffalo, Outside Providence, American Pie, Down To Earth, Out Cold and Brooklyn Rules. full profile 

Theatre 1984

Migdalia Cruz is an award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, & librettist of more than 55 works including: El Grito Del Bronx, Salt, Lucy Loves Me, Fur, Miriam’s Flowers, Frida, & Lolita de Lares; produced in the U.S. full profile 

Visual Arts 1989

Collections Include: United States Embassy, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Tikotin Museum, Haifa Ark Hills Club, Tokyo. Exhibitions Include: Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo 2012, 2009,2001 Salon de Mai, Paris 1999,1996 LS Gallery, Crete 2013, 2007, 2000 Inter-church Center Gallery 2009, 1998. full profile 

Film 2004

Cherien Dabis is an award winning film and television writer, director, producer and actor who received her M.F.A in Film from Columbia University. She began her career in television when she joined the writing staff of Showtime’s groundbreaking, original hit series THE L WORD in its third season. full profile 

Writing 1996

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She was a columnist at LA Times and now writes the Egos column in The New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Vogue, and elsewhere. full profile 

Film 1991

Adam Davidson is an actor, director, producer and writer who has worked in television and films of all genres, equally adept at comedy and drama. His short film, The Lunch Date, won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at Cannes. full profile 

Film 1998

Alfredo de Villa is an award-winning writer-director who lives in Los Angeles but makes many of his films in New York. He grew up in Puebla, Mexico. full profile 

Writing 2001

M. M. De Voe is a Manhattan-based writer whose short fiction has won many literary prizes. Her musical, R/Evolution, premiered Off Broadway in 2014. She founded the literary nonprofit, Pen Parentis, in 2013 providing resources to writers who are also parents. full profile 

Theatre 2016

Benita is a Columbia University MFA Directing candidate originally from Sydney, Australia. full profile 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 1966

Nicholas Delbanco is the author of thirty books. He co-founded the Bennington Writing Workshops and recently retired from the University of Michigan, where he served as Director of the Hopwood Awards Program. His own awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts. full profile 

Writing 2008

Diana Marie Delgado is the author of “Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust” (Center for Book Arts, 2015). She is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow in Poetry. She holds a BA in Poetry from UC Riverside and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. full profile 

Visual Arts 2017

(b.1988/Ventura, California) Zuniga attended Otis College of Art and Design, where he attained his BFA in 2015 and recieved his MFA in Painting from Columbia University in 2017. full profile 

Writing 1999

Kiran Desai’s first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, was published in 1998 and received the Betty Trask award the same year. Her second book, The Inheritance of Loss, was released in 2006, and was awarded the Man Booker Prize, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. full profile 

Writing 2012

Jay Deshpande is the author of a poetry collection and a chapbook. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Narrative, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere. His journalism and essays have been published in Slate, The New Republic, and The Guardian, among others. full profile 

Writing 2010

Annie DeWitt it a novelist, short story writer and essayist. full profile 

Film 2002

Sabrina Dhawan was born in England, raised in Delhi and lives in New York. She graduated from Columbia University’s Film program in 2001 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film. full profile 

Writing 1998

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Eine Lebenszeit, The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and others. His poems have appeared in Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. full profile 

Theatre 2003

Bathsheba Doran’s play Parents’ Evening received its world premiere at The Flea Theater in April 2010, directed by Jim Simpson. Her play Ben and The Magic Paintbrush premiered at South Coast Repertory Theater in June 2010. full profile 

Writing 2010

Mark Doten is the author of the novels The Infernal and the forthcoming Trump Sky Alpha (both Graywolf Press), and in 2017 was named to Granta's once-a-decade list of "Best of Young American Novelists." He is Executive Editor at Soho Press. full profile 

Theatre 1997

Julie Dubiner is the associate director of American Revolutions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. American Revolutions is a commissioning project with the goal of creating 37 new plays concerning moments of great change in US history. full profile 

Writing 1994

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, TV and radio personality who lives in New York City. He is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics (2005) and its sequel SuperFreakonomics (2009). full profile 

Film 2000

Sian Edwards has produced a wide range of topical, factual, entertainment and investigative programming. For Food Network, Sian executive produced Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis and Good Deal with Dave Lieberman. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Zach Eichelberger was born in Dallas, Texas in 1976. After earning a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, he moved to South Korea where he taught English and headed the Seoul Art Collective, the first foreign-based art group in South Korea. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Kelsey Elverum grew up on an island north of Seattle. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Washington in 2009 and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art from Brandeis University in 2012. full profile 

Theatre 1996

Liz Engelman is a member of the Playwriting and Directing faculty at UT Austin. full profile 

Film 2007

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Jack Eriksson is an artist living and working in New York, though he is from Houston, Texas.  He has exhibited in Houston, Baltimore, New York, London, New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas and Hyderabad. full profile 

Film 1985

After years of working as a Creative Executive for companies such as Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Turner Pictures and America Online, Joy went back to her first loves of painting and photography. full profile 

Writing 1982

Kathy Fagan is the author of four books of poems, most recently Lip (Carnegie Mellon). Her fifth collection, Sycamore, appears with Milkweed Editions in February 2017. full profile 

Film 2017

Matthew Farrell has worked in NYC Film & Television since 2009 as a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 52 (Shame, Place Beyond the Pines, Boardwalk Empire) and graduated from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 2017 with an MFA in Film Directing. full profile 

Writing 2008

Joseph Fasano is the author of three books of poetry. His work has appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, American Poets Magazine, and elsewhere. A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, he has been widely anthologized. full profile 

Film 2004

Paul Felten received his B.A. from The Evergreen State College and his M.F.A. from Columbia University's Film Division. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and in the anthology Lost and Found: Stories From New York (ed. Thomas Beller). full profile 

Writing 2002

Monica Ferrell is the author of three books of poetry and fiction, most recently You Darling Thing. full profile 

Theatre 1988

Stephen Fife's plays Savage World, Break of Day and This Is Not What I Ordered have been published by Samuel French. Other plays include Sizzle Sizzle, Blue Kiss, Mickey’s Home, Scattered Blossoms, FutureSex, The Shadow Man and The American Wife (with Ralph Pezzullo). full profile 

Writing 1997

BK Fischer is the author of Radioapocrypha, three other books of poetry, and a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, FIELD, WSQ, and others. full profile 

Theatre 1997

Shirley Fishman is the director of play development for the La Jolla Playhouse, where she has also served as dramaturg on Carmen, The Deception, Most Wanted, The Wiz, Culture Clash's Zorro in Hell, The Scottish Play, Palm Beach, Eden Lane, When Grace Comes In, Adoration of the Old Woman, The Collect full profile 

Visual Arts 1996

Karen Hesse Flatow is a painter and installation artist. She has shown in galleries in New York, San Francisco and Cleveland. full profile 

Theatre 1990

Jeff Fligelman is a playwright and screenwriter and the co-founder of Gotham Writers' Workshop. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Devra Fox (b. 1989) grew up in Seattle, WA and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2016 and BA from Bard College in 2011.  Her art explores themes of transformation, identity, growth and deterioration, permanence and temporality. full profile 

Writing 1996

Emily Fragos's first book of poems, Little Savage, was published by Grove Press in 2004. Her newest collection, Hostage: New & Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011), was considered for the National Book Critics Circle Award. full profile 

Film 2005

Blythe Frank, an established independent producer for over 15 years, is based in New York. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Sales and Production for Middle Kid Inc, a Los Angeles-based distribution and production company. full profile 

Writing 2006

Rivka Galchen's work appears often in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The London Review of Books and The New York Times. She is the author of three books and has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, The William J Saroyan International Prize and more.  full profile 

Writing 2014

Vyasar Ganesan is a writer from Austin, TX. He’s been published in various places, including the National Gallery of Writing, Agave Magazine and Long Story Short. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

John Ganz was born in New York in 1985. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Ektor Garcia (b.1985 / Red Bluff, CA) is a child of migrant farm workers. He has lived and traveled frequently between California and Mexico. Ektor received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies in 2014. full profile 

Film 2001

Meredith Garlick has produced the feature-length films The Secret of Moonacre, a children’s fantasy-adventure starring Dakota Blue Richards and Tim Curry, and The Underdog’s Tale, an Australian romantic-comedy. full profile 

Writing 2010

Erica Garza is a writer from Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in BUST, Salon, Narratively, Bustle, Good Housekeeping, The Los Angeles Review and Refinery29. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

b. 1978 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. BFA, Painting/Drawing, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2001 full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Born 1983 BFA Rochester Institute of Technology 2010 Lives and works in New York gregorypaulgentert@gmail.com full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Anna Glantz (born 1989) grew up in Grenoble, France and the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA in Art and Linguistics from UCLA in 2011, and currently works in painting and video. full profile 

Film 1982

Jinko Gotoh is a producer and consultant for the animation industry. She has 25+ years experience spanning a wide range of media, with particular emphasis on the evolution of animation and CGI. She is currently producing The LEGO Movie Sequel for Warner Animation Group. full profile 

Writing 1992

Philip Gourevitch has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1995 and a staff writer since 1997. From 2005 to 2010, he was editor of The Paris Review, succeeding the late George Plimpton. full profile 

Film 1973

Anne Goursaud is an accomplished film director and editor. It was Francis Ford Coppola who first spotted Anne's talent, giving her the chance to edit One from the Heart. full profile 

Writing 2015

Sam Graham-Felsen is the author of the novel Green (Random House, 1/18). His nonfiction writing has appeared in The Nation, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, the Guardian, Mother Jones, and elsewhere. He was the chief blogger on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. full profile 

Writing 2013

Elizabeth Greenwood is the author of the nonfiction book Playing Dead: A Journey through the World of Death Fraud (Simon & Schuster). full profile 

Film 1991

Tala Hadid was born in 1974 in London to a Moroccan mother and an Iraqi father. She coproduced and directed her first full-length film while studying as an undergraduate at Brown University. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Ben Hagari's films and video installations tell absurdist tales that explore identity, communication and the environment. full profile 

Theatre 2006

Ashlin Halfnight’s plays include Second Life (2012 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference Finalist), A Hard Wall at High Speed (Directed by May Adrales, APAC, Nominated for Outstanding Premiere Production of 2011, NYITA), Balaton (Nominated for Best Play of 2009, NYITA), Good Pictures (Outstanding New Play full profile 

Film 2009

Jon Haller is a writer and director from Carbondale, Ill. He earned his MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts, where he received the inaugural Lewis Cole Memorial Screenwriting Award. As a playwright, he has received three fellowships from the John F. full profile 

Writing 2001

Aaron Hamburger's first book, a story collection titled The View from Stalin’s Head, was published by Random House and was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel Faith for Beginners (Random House) was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. full profile 

Film 2000

Tanya Hamilton is a Jamaica-born filmmaker who made her feature film debut with the award-winning Night Catches Us. The film won five Black Reel Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenplay. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Ali Harrington was born in Boston, MA in 1983. She received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005, where she studied Art and Psychology. She has exhibited in New York City and Baltimore, and her paintings were featured in New American Paintings, Spring 2013.   full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA in Art with distinction from Yale University. She makes videos, sculptures, and installations that use cooking shows and music videos to ask questions about intimacy, violence and consumption. full profile 

Writing 1976

Susan Hartman has written cover stories and profiles for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday, often following her subjects for months. full profile 

Writing 2004

Mike Harvkey is the author of the novel, In the Course of Human Events, and winner of Zoetrope's All-Story Magazine short fiction award. His work has appeared in Esquire, Salon, The Believer, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Mike was recently awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship. full profile 

Film 2012

A freelance post supervisor in New York, Andrew Hauser has overseen numerous independent films in the past four years, including most recently Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown and Rob Burnett’s The Fundamentals of Caring. full profile 

Theatre 2014

Michel Hausmann '14 is a Venezuelan-born theater director, producer and writer. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Miami New Drama, the resident company and operators of the historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

My name is Davey Hawkins and I’m from Reno, NV. I have pursued my MFA courtesy of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award. Thank you Jack Kent Cooke. For a good time call 775-224-6647. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Patrice Aphrodite Helmar (b. 1981, Juneau, Alaska) is a photographer who lives and works in New York City. She is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program, and a current visiting professor at Pratt Institute and Columbia University.   full profile 

Visual Arts 2011

Emily Henretta received her MFA from Columbia University in 2011 and is currently living and working in New York. full profile 

Theatre 2002

Adam Hess is an Associate Producer for Daryl Roth Productions and oversees its Venue, Management, and Advertising companies. From Toronto, Adam has a background that includes Broadway and international productions. Mr. Hess holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre (University of Michigan) and a M.F.A. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Mike Hewson (b. 1985/Dunedin, New Zealand) alters civic sites to highlight pressing issues concerning that community. This involves transposing images or materials to cause hesitation and reflection on the path ahead. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Brooke Holloway is an interdisciplinary artist whose current body of work utilizes performance, video, and the Internet. Through her alter ego, Brooke Blake, she explores themes of sexuality and desire, audience, and distribution. full profile 

Film 1988

Nicole Holofcener is an American film and television director and screenwriter. She has directed five feature films as well as directing for various television series including Sex and the City, Leap of Faith and Gilmore Girls. full profile 

Visual Arts 1965

After two years teaching fundamentals at Florida State Gail Hood married and returned to her home town teaching privately and in high schools until 1978 when she joined Southeastern Louisiana University faculty teaching design, drawing, advanced painting and History of Modern Art. full profile 

Visual Arts 2005

Yoav Horesh has exhibited his photographs and interactive work in galleries and museums in Europe, the United States, Asia and in Israel. Since 2001, Horesh’s work has been concerned with history, conflict, memory, ethnicity and multiculturalism. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Christina Sukhgian Houle has worked and studied at Second City Chicago and graduated summa cum laude from Texas State University with a BFA. full profile 


Richard Howard is the author of 14 books of poetry. His recent collection, Without Saying, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in poetry. In 1970 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his third book of poems, Untitled Subjects, and received the Academy of Arts and Letters Literary Award. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Heidi Howard grew up in Queens, New York. She studied at P.S. 85, P.S. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Cary Hulbert is a visual artist primarily working in installation and print. full profile 

Film 1994

Courtney Hunt’s latest feature, The Whole Truth, a courtroom thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger was released in 2016. Her first feature film, Frozen River, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in August of 2008. full profile 

Film 2014

Tiana currently serves as Director of Marketing at Uncharted Play, where she manages the company's branded content, marketing campaigns, retail partnerships, press, and social media. In addition to her work with Uncharted Play, Tiana also works as an independent film producer. full profile 

Film 2013

Writer / Director Rachel Israel is a NYC based filmmaker and an adjunct professor of film at Rhode Island School of Design. She received her BFA with Honors from RISD and her MFA in Film with Honors from Columbia University.  full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Bryan Jabs (b.1987/Hamilton,Bermuda). Raised in Virginia. full profile 

Film 2002

Annemarie Jacir has been working in independent cinema since 1998 and has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning films including The Satellite Shooters (2001), Until When, A Few Crumbs for the Birds, and A Post Oslo History. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Stephen Paul Jackson worked as a visual artist based in Alaska as Stron Softi, with solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum and the Anchorage Museum, and exhibiting in Zurich and Brussels, before pursuing his undergraduate education in New York. full profile 

Film 2004

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. full profile 

Journalism 1971

Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times and Newsweek; her essays have appeared in New York Magazine, Vogue, Harper’s and others. Margo's recent memoir, Negroland, received the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award. full profile 

Writing 1998

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 full profile 

Writing 1981

Ms. Jones has completed a biography of her mother, The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Woman: Josephine Ebaugh Jones, which will be published in 2016 by the small press she has founded, Ida Bell Publishing, LLC.. full profile 

Writing 2001

Nalini Jones is the author of What You Call Winter, a story collection. She is a recipient of an NEA fellowship, Pushcart Prize, and O. Henry Prize. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story and Ninth Letter, among others, and in anthologies including AIDS Sutra and Freud’s Blind Spot. full profile 

Film 2009

Khary Jones is a director whose work includes Three and a Half Thoughts (2006) and Hug (2009). 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. full profile 

Writing 2004

Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   full profile 

Writing 1996

Heidi Julavits is the author of four novels, most recently, of the New York Times Notable book, The Folded Clock: A Diary. With Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, she edited the bestselling Women in Clothes. She’s a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. full profile 

Film 2012

Bobby Kashif Cox was an artist, poet, writer, music producer, and filmmaker who graduated from Columbia's MFA program in 2012. Upon graduation he devoted his working life to teaching young minds at both the Maysles Institute and Dance Theater Etcetera in Red Hook. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

A Pratt Institute undergraduate and 2011 Skowhegan Fellow, Coby Kennedy has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and abroad including Japan and Europe. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Tali Keren was born in Jerusalem, 1982. She received her BA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem. Her research-based projects include video performance and installation. full profile 

Film 2016

Jimmy Keyrouz is a director/writer who recently graduated from Columbia University School of the Arts where his thesis film passed with honors. His latest film Nocturne In Black won the Gold Medal in the 43rd Student Academy Awards® and was part of Student Prints in the Telluride Film Festival. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Rola Khayyat is a Lebanese photographer. She holds a BA in History from the American University of Beirut, and a degree in Intensive Drawing from the Florence Academy of Art. full profile 

Film 2011

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? Professors Eric Mendelsohn and Tom Kalin, were both significant influences during my tenure at Columbia.   full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Bora Kim is an interdisciplinary artist and sociologist from Seoul, Korea. Her process is based in cultural research revolving around the spectacle and performance of Asian femininity, particularly in the context of global media. full profile 

Film 2003

Simon Kinberg received his BA from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. He received an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program, where he was the recipient of the Zaki Gordon Fellowship for Screenwriting.   full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Jonah King is an artist from Dublin, Ireland. He makes films, drawings, and other things about the ways we hope. full profile 

General Studies 1980

Binnie Kirshenbaum is the author of History on a Personal Note and six novels. Her novels have been chosen as Notable Books by The Chicago Tribune, Time, SF Chronicle and others; she twice won Critics Choice Awards and was selected by Granta as one of the Best Young American novelists. full profile 

Film 2004

Eilis Kirwan is a film director and screenwriter from Dublin, Ireland, where she began her career writing and producing plays at University College Dublin, and later with Doubletake Theatre Company, which she co-founded. full profile 

Writing 2016

Jordan Kisner writes for n+1, the New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, and other publications. She was awarded the 2016 Pushcart Prize and been included in Best American Essays 2016. Her first book is forthcoming from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. full profile 

Writing 2012

Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (2015) and collection Intimations (2016). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, Paris Review, Zoetrope, Conjunctions, Vogue and n+1, among others. She is the 2016 winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Katie Kline is a photographer (born 1983 in Arcadia, California) who has lived and worked in New York City since 2001. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Emily Kloppenburg (b.1989/New York) received her BA from Vassar College in 2011. She lives and works in New York City. full profile 

Film Studies Major 2001

Larysa Kondracki directed and cowrote the film The Whistleblower. The film, adapted from the exposé written by Kathryn Bolkovac with Cari Lynn, tells the true story of the UN sex trafficking scandal Bolkovac uncovered while working at a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. full profile 

Writing 2001

Amy Koppelman is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, A Mouthful of Air, I Smile Back and Hesitation Wounds.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. full profile 

Visual Arts 2008

Liz Magic Laser is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her site-specific work intervenes in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms and has involved collaborations with actors, dancers, journalists, therapists, political st full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Filip Lav was born in Vienna, Austria, with family roots in Macedonia. He received a BFA from Oxford University. Lav currently lives and works in New York and Vienna, making sculptures and paintings. full profile 

Writing 1998

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction and one comic book series. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review and many others. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award and the Key to Southeast Queens. full profile 

Film 1998

A graduate of Columbia’s School of the Arts, Christina Lazaridi has taught screenwriting at Columbia’s Graduate Film Program for over a decade.  An award wining screenwriter and internationally renowned screenwriting mentor, Christina Lazaridi’s films have been nominated for an Academy Award an full profile 

Film 2005

Jennifer Lee grew up in the Seventies and Eighties in Rhode Island, surrounded by hairspray, Irocs, and heavy metal. Her love of storytelling and literature lead her to the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a BA in English in 1992. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Yujin Lee works with video, drawing, and printmaking. She is interested in microhistorical narratives that revisit themes such as war, globalization, and collective identity. full profile 

Writing 2012

Hilary Leichter's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Guernica, n+1, The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, BOMB Magazine, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from The Edward F. full profile 

Film 2016

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Theatre 2010

Her plays have been workshopped, produced, developed, and commissioned by The Hangar Theatre, NYTW, Woodshed Collective, Source Festival D.C.,Samuel French OOB Festival, Columbia University and The Great Plains Theatre Conference. full profile 

Film 2008

Lawrence Michael Levine wrote, produced and stars in Always Shine (Tribeca '16). Lawrence's past films as a writer, director, and actor include Wild Canaries (SXSW '14) distributed by IFC Films, Gabi and the Roof in July. full profile 

Columbia College 1996

Zachary Levy is a documentary filmmaker and DP.  His verite feature Strongman was a New York Times’ Critics’ Pick and on Roger Ebert’s “Best of Year” list. full profile 

Theatre 2005

Rebecca Lingafelter is an actor, director and educator based in Portland, Oregon. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Hi there, I’m Talia Link and I run a YouTube channel called Talia Link. full profile 

Theatre 2006

Pavol Liska, a native of Slovakia, began directing plays after he graduated from Dartmouth in 1995. During this time he cofounded the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, a theater company taking its name from Kafka’s Amerika. full profile 

Writing 1969

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   full profile 

Writing 1980

A native New Yorker, Carl Little has lived on Mount Desert Island since 1989. He holds degrees from Dartmouth, Middlebury and Columbia. full profile 

Theatre 1989

Jessica Litwak, Ph.D, is a seasoned theatre arts professional focused specifically on theatre for social change and community engagement. She is a recognized leader in the Field with over 30 years experience. full profile 

Columbia College 1962

Richard Locke is a critic and essayist. More than 180 of his pieces have appeared in The New York Times, American Scholar, Three Penny Review, Bookforum, and others. He was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, deputy editor of The New York Times Book Review, and editor in chief of Vanity Fair. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Dana Lok was born in Berwyn, PA and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from Columbia University (2015), her BFA from Carnegie Mellon (2011), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2016). full profile 

Columbia College 1964

Phillip Lopate has written personal essay collections, novels, novellas, poetry collections, memoir, movie criticism, an urbanist meditation, a critical study, and a biographical monograph. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants, and others. full profile 

Visual Arts 2004

Born in Santa Fe, NM, Nicola López currently lives and makes art in Brooklyn, NY. Through her work in installation, drawing and printmaking, López describes and reconfigures our contemporary—primarily urban—landscape. full profile 

Writing 2008

Marni Ludwig is the author of Pinwheel, selected by Jean Valentine for the 2012 New Issues Poetry Prize and Little Box of Cotton and Lightning, chosen by Susan Howe for a 2011 Poetry Society of America Chapbook fellowship. full profile 

Theatre 1984

Three-time Tony Award-winning producer Hal Luftig has worked in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres for the past 20 years. His plays and musicals have garnered 23 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. full profile 

Visual Arts 2018

August is a Visual Arts alum. full profile 

Writing 2014

Meghan Maguire Dahn grew up in the middle of the woods. Her first poem was published in Highlights Magazine and read primarily in waiting rooms by children nervous about getting shots or stitches. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Cincinnati full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Every time I write the city that I was born in I have to think about the spelling. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Nicole Maloof (American, b. Seoul, S. Korea) received her BFA in Painting and BA in Chemistry from Boston University. Her work draws upon a diversity of interests—interests that also led her to pursue chemistry research at Harvard and a Fulbright teaching grant in South Korea. full profile 

Film 1999

Writer-director James Mangold is known for a string of box-office hits. He got his start in film as an undergrad at CalArts, where he studied film and acting. After graduating, he worked for Disney as a screenwriter, earning writing credits on Oliver and Company. full profile 

Writing 2015

Mary Mann has written for The New York Times, The Believer, Smithsonian, Matter, Guernica, Salon and other outlets. Her work has been recommended by Longreads and The Dish, and she’s the recipient of a 2015 Catwalk residency. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Ioana Manolache investigates the possibility of materiality and illusion within a flat plane through observation of found detritus. Ioana completed her BFA studies at The Cooper Union (2011). full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Jeremy Mazzenga’s large-scale images capture isolated color and forms that occur at the periphery of celebratory events.  Trained as a professional artistic roller skater for 13 years, he now employs his performative flair in purposely choreographed photographs of seduction, elation, and materi full profile 

Visual Arts 2008

Kai McBride is a photographer who shares an apartment in Brooklyn with his darkroom, teaches photography at Columbia University, and co-hosts thePhotoShow podcast.   full profile 

Writing 1970

Pamela McCorduck has published some fifty articles, eleven books, fiction and nonfiction, and her work has been translated into all the major European and Asian languages. full profile 

Business 1997

Erroll McDonald is a Vice President Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group of Penguin Random House. Among the authors he has published are: James Baldwin, Sandra Cisneros, Carlos Fuentes, Margo Jefferson, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, President Nicolas Sarkozy, and others. full profile 

Writing 1976

Robert McDowell is the author, co-author, editor and translator of 15 books and 4 e-books of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction from publishers such as Free Press/Simon & Schuster, New Directions, the University of Pittsburgh Press, Penguin Eastern European Classics, University of Michigan full profile 

Writing 2006

Carey McHugh‘s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast and Tin House, among others. Her chapbook Original Instructions for the Perfect Preservation of Birds &c. was selected by Ray Armantrout for the Poetry Society of America’s 2008 New York Chapbook Fellowship. full profile 

Writing 2004

Rangi McNeil was born in small town North Carolina & educated at Rice University & Columbia University School of the Arts. The Sheep Meadow Press published his first poetry collection, The Missing, in 2003. full profile 

Writing 1997

Lynn Melnick is the author of two poetry collections and the co-editor of one. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere; she has written essays and reviews for Boston Review, LA Review of Books, Poetry Daily, and others. full profile 

Writing 2005

Dinaw Mengestu’s debut novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Penguin Riverhead, 2007) has been translated into 12 languages. full profile 

Writing 2009

Writing poetry has been a daily practice for Rita Mercedes since 2004. She passed her exams to candidacy for a PhD at Johns Hopkins in 1994; and holds an 2009 MFA in Poetry from the Writing Program, School of the Arts at Columbia. full profile 

Writing 2015

Elizabeth Metzger is the author of The Spirit Papers, winner of the Juniper Prize, and the chapbook, The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Nation, Poem-A-Day, PN Review, The Rumpus, and Boston Review, and others. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Born in Levoča, Slovakia, Jakub Milčák currently lives in New York and Halifax, Nova Scotia. He devotes his time to painting, writing, and illustrating books. He also translates American and British poetry into Slovak. In 2012, he established a small publishing house named Shift Fox Press. full profile 

Theatre 2003

Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning collective 13P. Her plays have been performed in New York City and nationwide. She leads writing workshops. Her new play is about the history of abortion. full profile 

Music Composition 1981

Dennis Miller received his DMA in Music Composition from Columbia University in 1981 and since that time has been on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston, where he is currently a Full Professor. full profile 

Film 1986

Grew up in north New Jersey; moved to New York in 1977 and started making experimental films at the Collective for Living Cinema. Started film school at NYU and finished at Columbia. full profile 

Writing 1983

Susan Minot’s debut, Monkeys, won the 1987 Prix Femina Étranger. In 1994 Minot collaborated on the screenplay for the feature Stealing Beauty with Bernardo Bertolucci, and wrote the screenplay for Evening, based on her 2007 novel of same name, with Michael Cunningham. full profile 

Theatre 2007

A native of Malaysia and New Zealand, K.K. Moggie has worked in both Malaysia, New Zealand and now New York. She moved to New York to attend Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program. Since graduating in 2007 with her MFA in acting, she has performed in numerous theatre projects. full profile 

Visual Arts 2007

Yola Monakhov Stockton was born in Moscow and raised in New York City. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Pablo Montealegre was born in Santiago de Chile. He received his MA from Universidad de Chile and BFA from Universidad Católica de Chile. full profile 

Writing 2003

I live in South Africa and continue to write, to teach, and to grow as a human. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Matthew Morrocco is an artist working with aesthetic and personal histories. He received a BA in Philosophy and Art Theory from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA from Columbia University. More information can be found on his website. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Early life: vines, sewers, soft pretzels. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

JP, short for Jean-Pierre Mot, is a Cambodian artist born in Montreal. An apostle and a stone make up my given name... I am a saintly sinner who could not cast away the first rock without losing a part of my first name. My surname, in French, means word... full profile 

Film 1991

Screenwriter and director Greg Mottola is best known for hit coming-of-age comedies Adventureland and Superbad. He directed Clear History for HBO in 2013 and the feature film Keeping Up with the Joneses, starring Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot, in 2016. full profile 

Theatre 1998

Anson Mount received his BA from the University of the South (1995) and his MFA from Columbia University (1998). full profile 

Film 2009

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Jason Murphy was born in Detroit, MI and currently lives in New York. full profile 

Theatre 2010

Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's plays Waafrika, Waafrika 123 and several others are available in paperback. These are queer African plays set in Africa. full profile 

Film 2006

Computer-scientist-turned-filmmaker, Afia, loves pushing the boundaries of narrative film. full profile 

Visual Arts 2009

Zoe Nelson received an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Barnard College. full profile 

Film 2012

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?   full profile 

Film 2010

Veronica Nickel is an independent producer based in New York and Florida. She is celebrating the current release of on the indie drama A Kid Like Jake. Her fifth feature film, the Netflix Original entitled First Match, won the Audience Award and Gamechanger Award at the 2018 SXSW film festival. full profile 

Theatre 2006

Tommy Nohilly made his playwriting debut Off-Broadway with Blood from a Stone for The New Group. The play, starring Ethan Hawke, was Nohilly’s first and his thesis play for Columbia. It opened to rave reviews from The New York Times, Slant, and others. full profile 

Writing 2014

Sara's first novel, Girl at War (Random House), came out in paperback March 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vice, The Guardian, The Believer, The LA Review of Books, Guernica, Electric Literature, The Agriculture Reader and others. full profile 

Writing 1975

Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, and Threepenny Review. full profile 

Film 1981

Ron Nyswaner is a screenwriter, playwright, activist, and author. He wrote the screenplay for The Painted Veil, an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination and the National Board of Review’s Best Adapted Screenplay Award. full profile 

Film 2004

Odell is currently partner of 3Pas Studios with Mexican comedian and director Eugenio Derbez. full profile 

Film 2006

Ian Olds was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work as a director of both documentary and narrative films. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Justin Dale Olerud (b. 1986) grew up on a farm in Bricelyn, Minnesota. He received his BFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco in 2008. He then relocated to Los Angeles where he found inspiration in the light and landscape of southern California. full profile 

Visual Arts 2013

Kambui Olujimi’s work challenges modes of thinking that commonly function as "inevitabilities." This pursuit takes shape through interdisciplinary bodies of work spanning sculpture, installation, photography, writing, video and performance. full profile 

Writing 1972

Gregory Orr is the author of ten collections of poetry, the most recent being River Inside the River (Norton, 2013). He is also the author of a memoir, The Blessing, which was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the fifty best nonfiction books of 2002. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Ilaria Ortensi was born in Rome in 1982 and completed her BA in Cinema Studies there. She is a visual artist who mainly works with photography and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited in group shows throughout the US, London, Berlin, and Italy. She currently lives in New York.   full profile 

Writing 1991

Julie Otsuka is the author of two novels, The Buddha in the Attic, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, France’s Prix Femina Étranger, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and When the Emperor Was Divine, which won the Asian American Literary Award and the American Library Association Alex A full profile 

Film 1992

Katharina Otto-Bernstein is the writer and director of the award-winning documentaries Absolute Wilson and Beautopia; and the author of Absolute Wilson: The Biography. Her distinguished career credits include Coming Home (1992), The Second Greatest S full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Born and raised in Casazza, northern Italy. She received her BFA in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice (IT) in 2010. She works with painting, drawing, and animation. full profile 

Theatre 1994

Michael Paller was resident dramaturg and Director of Humanities at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2005-2018. He was the dramaturg for over 80 productions and workshops and also served as one of the Heads of Faculty in its esteemed MFA Program in Acting. full profile 

Theatre 1998

Christian Parker is a director, dramaturg, and Chair of the graduate Theatre program at Columbia University, where he also heads the Dramaturgy concentration. full profile 

Film 2004

David Pastor is a writer and director. He made his feature debut with Carriers, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother Àlex Pastor. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Ruth Patir works with film, performance/ action, and writing. Patir locates the hidden quality of subjectivities within the sharing and re-telling of stories.   full profile 

Theatre 1997

Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director of the A.R.T. at Harvard University and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin).   full profile 

Film 1996

In her unflinching debut feature film, the acclaimed Boys Don’t Cry, Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a director of singular vision and craft, while shining a light on the shifting landscape of gender, identity and assimilation. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

b. 1986, Perth Amboy, NJ full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Julia Phillips was born and raised in Hamburg and is a citizen of Germany and the US. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Harvest moon— called at his house, he was digging potatoes. full profile 

Film 2005

James Ponsoldt is a filmmaker originally from Athens, Georgia. He received his BA from Yale and his MFA from the Film Program at Columbia University School of the Arts. full profile 

Visual Arts 1976

Don Porcaro is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design. After earning his MFA in Sculpture from Columbia School of the Arts in 1976, Porcaro was hired as adjunct faculty of Sculpture at Parsons. full profile 

Film 2008

Dmitry Povolotsky is a writer, director, and choreographer living in Brooklyn. At the age of 10, he was selected to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow to study classical ballet. full profile 

Film 1994

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. full profile 

Film 1980

I went on to become a professor of information science and did not have a career in the arts. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin (b. 1989) was born and bred in Guangzhou, China. She studied History and Art at the Affiliated High School of SCNU, Guangzhou, earned a BA in Communication Theories and Art in Denison University, Ohio. full profile 

Writing 1990

Anna Rabinowitz is a poet, librettist, and editor based in New York City. full profile 

Writing 2009

Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press. full profile 

Writing 1980

Debra Ratner attended Kenyon College in Ohio, where she was awarded the Philip B. Timberlake Award for consistent excellence in writing literary essays. full profile 

Film 1997

Michael Rauch is the creator, and showrunner, of Instinct, CBS’ new series, starring Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Naveen Andrews, and Whoopi Goldberg. full profile 

Writing 2007

Beth Raymer is the author of Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling (Spiegel & Grau, 2010). The film adaptation of Lay the Favorite, starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, premiered at the 2012 Sundance festival and will have its theatrical release this fall. full profile 

Film 2003

Patricia Riggen is one of the few Latin-American female directors working in Hollywood. Originally from Mexico, she started her career as a screenwriter and producer. She earned an MFA in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University. full profile 

Writing 2016

Max Ritvo was awarded a 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for his chapbook, AEONS. His poetry has also appeared or is forthcoming in The Yale Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and as a Poem-a-Day for Poets.org. full profile 

Art Administration 1988

Janet Rodriguez is Founding President  & CEO of SoHarlem, Inc., a community-based social enterprise founded to ensure that artisans and the local community benefit from economic development in the Manhattanville Factory District. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Victoria Roth (b. 1986, in Paris, France) is a visual artist living and working in New York City. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2014 and her BA in Visual Arts & Art History from Brown University in 2008. full profile 

Visual Arts 2004

Exploring the seduction, magic, and desperation of our hyper-capitalist, globally-connected reality, Mika Rottenberg’s elaborate visual narratives draw on cinematic and sculptural traditions to forge a  language––one that uses cause and effect structures to explore labor and globalization, econ full profile 

Theatre 2000

Ken Rus Schmoll is a theater director who has achieved a string of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway successes. Recently, he garnered positive reviews with Will Eno’s Middletown (Vineyard Theatre). full profile 

Writing 2006

Karen Russell’s imaginative, energetic and lyrical fiction has earned her much recognition in the literary world and beyond. Russell is the author of two collections of short stories, St. full profile 

Film 1992

Maureen A. Ryan is a producer based in New York concentrating on narrative and documentary feature films. She is co-producer of James Marsh’s Man on Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit, the wirewalker who stunned the world when he walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. full profile 

Writing 2003

Animesh Sabnis, MFA '03, MD, is a neonatologist and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA. He is developing tools to improve communication between clinicians and the parents of seriously ill newborns. full profile 

Writing 1985

My thesis manuscript went on to win The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Since then, I have published three books of poetry, one internationally in Europe. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Meredith Sands, born April 16, 1987 at 7AM. On the dot. It was the last time she ever woke up early. She’s a lover of oceans and floccinaucinihilipilification who grew up in Malibu, California. full profile 

Film 2009

Shrihari Sathe is an independent producer and director. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Born Nashville, TN. full profile 

Film 2004

Beth Schacter wrote and directed Normal Adolescent Behavior for New Line Cinemas. Starring Amber Tamblyn, the film premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Schacter worked on the script at the 2004 IFP/LA screenwriters’ lab. She also cowrote Forget Me Nots for Emerging Pictures. full profile 

Theatre 2002

A 2011/12 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2012 OBIE Winner for best Direction, Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events. full profile 

Writing 1977

Christine Schutt is the author of three novels and two collections of stories. A third collection is forthcoming in April 2018. Schutt is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her awards include O.Henry and Pushcart prizes. full profile 

Film 2005

David Schwab, a screenwriter based in New York City, received an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. His thesis script, Mr. Verner’s Pygmy, was purchased by Scott Rudin. Since then Mr. full profile 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 1985

Leonard Schwartz is the author of numerous books of poetry and essay, including The New Babel: Towards a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises ( University of Arkansas Press) and Salamander: A Bestiary (Chax Press). full profile 

Film 1988

Malia wrote Hook, Once Around, Good Morning Karachi, and Madeline and is uncredited on Jurassic Park, Other Sister, Only You, Enchanted, and Polar Express. She is a creative advisor for Sundance Labs and received the Andrew Sarris award for distinguished Film Program alumni. full profile 

Film 2008

Florin Serban is a Romanian director whose first feature film, If I Want to Whistle I Whistle, won the Jury Grand Prix and the Alfred Bauer Prize for Innovation in Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival. full profile 

Writing 1993

Adam Reid Sexton's features, reviews, essays, and fiction have been published in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, the Bellevue Literary Review, Post Road, and other publications. full profile 

Film 1997

Shira-Lee Shalit is an award-winning director, chosen by Steven Spielberg as one of 18 Finalists out of 12,000 directors for his Fox/DreamWorks TV show, On The Lot. full profile 

Film 2001

Jeffrey Sharp is president and co-founder of Open Road Integrated Media, a New York-based digital content company that publishes and markets e-books. full profile 

Theatre 1999

Margi Sharp Douglas is an MFA graduate of Columbia University’s Acting program, a Master Pilates instructor, and an ATI certified Alexander teacher through Chloe Wing. full profile 

Writing 2003

Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, The Offing, Conjunctions, Catapult and n+1, among other publications. full profile 

Visual Arts 2006

Born in Moscow, Russia, Dasha Shishkin currently lives and works in New York, NY. She received her MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY (2006) and her BFA from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY (2001). full profile 

Film 2013

Deb Shoval (MFA Film, Columbia University) was raised by her Israeli father and American mother in a Pennsylvania coal town, where she now runs an organic vegetable farm.  Themes that interest her remain constant as she develops a “house” of film, as Fassbinder called it: land and the landless; full profile 

Visual Arts 2011

Born in the Bay Area in 1987, Lauren Silva received her BA from UCLA and her MFA from Columbia University. In 2011, she also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. full profile 

Musical Arts 2012

Faye-Ellen Silverman, born in New York City, holds a BA from Barnard College (cum laude and honors in music), an AM from Harvard University, and a DMA from Columbia University. full profile 

Writing 1985

Alumni Spotlight   full profile 

Writing 1997

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Life on Mars, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award, and The Body's Question, which won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. full profile 

Film 1995

Shari Springer Berman is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated director and writer. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Michael Stablein, Jr. (b. 1986 / Houston) full profile 

Film 1999

While at Columbia, Joan Stein won the Student Academy Award for Best Narrative Film and the Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Award for her thesis film, “One Day Crossing.” The short film, about a Hungarian Jewish woman who poses as a Christian to save her family during the Holocaust, was al full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Rachel Stern is a photographer whose work challenges conventions of beauty and promotes escapist, constructivist fantasy. full profile 

Film 1995

Award-winning director Patrick Stettner established himself with the independent drama The Business of Strangers, about two businesswomen who wreak revenge on a corporate headhunter assumed to have committed rape. full profile 

Theatre 1987

Michael Stotts is in his sixth season as Managing Director of Hartford Stage. Recent accomplishments include an $11 Million Capital and Endowment Campaign, and the renovation and expansion of the Stage’s theatre facility. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Alex Strada is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Strada's work has been shown at the Socrates Sculpture Park, Anthology Film Archives, Museum of Moving Image, Jewish Museum, Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, Times Square with Time Square Arts' Midnight Moment, and more. full profile 

Writing 2014

Lynn Steger Strong's first novel, Hold Still, came out in 2016. Her work has appeared in Lithub, Catapult, Guernica, Elle, and elsewhere. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Matt Taber recombines objects and architectural spaces in large installations that create a static environment meant to activate the viewer. His work takes form through an array of media including printmaking, video, sculpture, painting, and architectural construction. full profile 

Film 2006

Chris is a cinematographer based in New York who has had six feature films premiere at Sundance. Those titles include Obvious Child, People Places Things, Appropriate Behavior, and Bob and The Trees, which also won the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Angélica Teuta (1985) is a nomadic Colombian artist. She creates site-specific installations that immerse the visitor in a fictional ambience that talks about the context or needs that she and her surroundings experience. full profile 

Film 2012

ayda Denise Thompson produced two Sundance shorts and was the first in the history of the SOA film program to have her thesis film Advantageous completely financed by ITVS future states series season 3. full profile 

Theatre 2013

Danielle has recently worked as an Entertainment Production Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines on the Norwegian Star and as a freelance Equity Stage Manager in New York, working with such fabulous companies as LaMama, Waterwell, Off Stage Right Productions, Accidental Rep, PPAS and Musica Nuova full profile 

Film 2013

Mayuran Tiruchelvam is a producer and screenwriter of narrative and documentary stories for film and television. He is a Sundance Institute Producing Fellow, Tribeca Film Institute Fellow, and Film Independent Fellow.   full profile 

Writing 2002

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (2009), Wells Tower’s first book of short stories, was a finalist for The Story Prize and was selected by Michiko Kakutani as one of her ten best books of 2009. full profile 

Theatre 1998

Darko Tresnjak was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego from 2004 to 2009.  His directing credits at the Old Globe include Cyrano de Bergerac, Coriolanus, The Women, The Pleasure of His Company, All’s Well That Ends Well, Bell, Book and Candle, Hamlet, T full profile 

Theatre 1971

After receiving an MFA in Theatre, Myra performed as an actress on Broadway, Off Broadway and in Regional theatres across the country. As a director, she has staged over 100 theatrical productions; as an acting coach she has worked with award winning actors both in the US and Hong Kong. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian (b. 1982) makes work informed by her interest in textiles and the capacity of clothing to shape identity and the histories, tacit meanings woven into everyday mate­rials. She studied at the University of Uyo graduating with a BA in Painting in 2004. full profile 

Film 2004

Sergio Umansky is a writer-director from Mexico City. full profile 

Writing 1975

Guatemalan-born David Unger has written five novels and translated 14 books from the Spanish. In 2014 he was awarded Guatemala's Miguel Angel Asturias National Literature Prize for lifetime achievement though he writes exclusively in English. full profile 

Film 2008

Kaer Vanice is a producer whose latest film, David Garrett’s Ten Stories Tall, stars Ally Sheedy, Josh Hamilton, and Jim Gaffigan and won Best Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. full profile 

Writing 1987

Maria Venegas is the author of Bulletproof Vest published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Guardian, Ploughshares, New York Magazine, and the L.A. Times. Venegas received her MFA from Hunter College. She lives in Brooklyn. full profile 

Theatre 1972

Barry Vigon is a television writer, producer and actor who teaches Television Writing at UCLA Extension. He has appeared on Broadway, television and film. His writing credits include Soap, Fame, Roseanne, Who's the Boss?, Martin, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and many more. full profile 

Theatre 2007

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

August Vollbrecht was born in 1988 in St. Charles, IL. full profile 

Visual Arts 1975

Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor who has been working in Brooklyn, New York, for over 30 years. full profile 

Writing 2010

Karolina Waclawiak's critically acclaimed first novel, How To Get Into The Twin Palms, was published by Two Dollar Radio in 2012. Her second novel, THE INVADERS, which was published in July 2015, was recently optioned by ABC Television. full profile 

Visual Arts 1976

I am a wife, mother, writer and artist. My work currently explores the geometries of place in intimate oil pastels and oil paintings on paper. While "non-representational," it is based on real world observations. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Jesse Wakeman is a lens based artist working primarily in documentary, narrative fiction film, and photography. Originally trained as an actor, Jesse’s work is physical, improvisational, and is often built around encounters in the real world. full profile 

Theatre 1990

Marce Walsh is an educator, writer and voice-over actress living in Houston, Texas. After completing her undergraduate work at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, she went directly to Columbia University's School of the Arts to study dramaturgy. full profile 

Writing 1993

B.A. (Philosophy and English), University of Pittsburgh, 1988; M.F.A. (Creative Writing), Columbia University, 1993; J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1996.  Co-founder of MemoryHub, Seven Oaks Hospice Care, Wall&Main, and RedKite.com. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Patrice Renee Washington (b. 1987) was born in Chicago, Illinois but as a military brat, spent her formative years growing up between both Germany and the US. Through a multidisciplinary practice her work explores domesticity, humor, and cultural space. full profile 

Film 2010

Jamund Washington is a New York City-based Independent film producer with work on both narrative and documentary stories. He produced Adam Leon's Gimme The Loot, the story of two determined Bronx teens who need $500 to pull off their latest and greatest graffiti scheme. full profile 

Theatre 2007

Kim Weild is a New York-based director, choreographer, performer, writer and teacher. For ten years she was a student at The School of American Ballet and performed with The New York City Ballet. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Cameron Welch (b. 1990 / Indianapolis). Lives and works in New York. BFA 2013, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Owen Westberg born 1986 Pittsburgh, PA BFA, Rhode Island School of Design 2008
 Lives and works in New York.
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Theatre 2001

Beth Whitaker is Associate Artistic Director of Signature Theatre in New York. She has been with Signature since 1999, first as literary manager and production dramaturg, then as associate artistic director since 2006. full profile 

Theatre 2005

Barbara Whitman is a theatrical producer whose current Broadway productions include The Glass Menagerie starring Sally Fields and War Paint starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole. Barbara made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Jonathan Bruce Williams invents photographic, retinal and perceptual systems that display enigmatic narratives, while attempting to collapse the history of archaic and emergent technologies. full profile 

Theatre 2003

Beau Willimon is a screenwriter, playwright, producer.  He is the creator of Netflix’s original series House of Cards for which he serves as showrunner and executive producer.  House of Cards recently made television history, earning nine Emmy nominations, including Best Drama, the first o full profile 

Writing 2009

Adam Wilson is the author of the book Flatscreen and the collection What's Important is Feeling. A National Jewish Book Award finalist, and a recipient of the Terry Southern Prize, his fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, VICE, and The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. full profile 

Theatre 1998

David Wilson Barnes made his Broadway debut with The Lieutenant of Inishmore and starred in Fifth of July at the Bay Street Theatre. full profile 

Visual Arts 2011

Leah Wolff (born in Cleveland, OH) is a Brooklyn-based artist who received her MFA in Printmaking from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2011, and her BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. full profile 

Film 2009

Lauren Wolkstein was born and raised in Baltimore, Md., by her mother, a schoolteacher, and her father, a colonel in the Air Force who served in several wars, including the Gulf War and the current Iraq War. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

BRUNO POGACNIK WUKODRAKULA, (b.1981, Zagreb, Croatia) I seek to erase the boundaries between art and life, exploring the limits of personal privacy, communication and intimate viewing experiences. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Shahar Yahalom (b.1980, Israel) received a BFA from Ha'midrasha School of Art, Israel (2006). Shahar is a recipient of The Young Artist Prize by the Israeli Ministry of Culture (2011) and Israel Artists Fund at Columbia University School of the Arts (2013). full profile 

Visual Arts 2009

Rona Yefman was born in Israel and since 2007 is a New York City-based artist, working in Photography, Video and Installation. full profile 

Writing 1971

Adjunct Professor of English at Bucks County Community College, PA. Manager of Historic Properties - Bucks County, PA, Parks & Recreation. Residence - Doylestown, PA. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Tuguldur Yondonjamts is an artist from Mongolia living in New York City. He completed his undergraduate degree in Mongolian Traditional painting (Thanka) in Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia in 1997 and graduated in 2004 in Visual Art at University of the Arts Berlin, Germany. full profile 

Visual Arts 2016

Jiwoon Yoon (b. 1988) is a Korean artist, born in Pyeongtaek near Camp Humphreys — one of the largest United States military bases in South Korea. When Yoon was six years old, she moved to Seoul. full profile 

Film 2016

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Film 1989

Alex Zamm has directed a number of films, including the Disney original features Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, My Date with the President’s Daughter, Inspector Gadget 2, The Pooch and the Pauper; the family comedy Dr. full profile 

Film 2005

Sameh Zoabi was born and raised in Iksal, a Palestinian village near the city of Nazareth. He graduated from Tel Aviv University with a dual degree in Film Studies and English Literature. Zoabi then received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Filmmaking at Columbia University, earning an M.F.A. full profile