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 co-executive producer and director of the 2011 TV series The Onion News Network, currently airing on IFC, as well as The Onion’s Peabody Award-winning web-series of the same name. 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 of short stories recently named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a San Francisco Chronicle& 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 

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 1998

Mary Jo Bang is the author of seven collections of poems: Apology for Want, winner of the Bakeless Prize; Louise in Love, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans; The Eye Like a Strange Balloon; Elegy, which was awarded t 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 2007

Keri Bertino has served as the director of the Writing Center and co-coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Baruch College, CUNY since 2008. 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 

Visual Arts 2016

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels (b.1982/East Tennessee) was originally trained as a social psychologist, looking at the effect of environments on who we believe we are. Her sculptures incrementally build off a specific architectural site, blending ordinary building materials into the unexpected. 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 

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 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 

Theatre 2003

Carolyn J. Casselman is an attorney in the Entertainment Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, where she represents a variety of clients in the media and entertainment industries. 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 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 whose debut film, The High Cost of Living, starred Zach Braff and Isabelle Blais. full profile 

Visual Arts 2015

Contemporary painting is a vampire, feasting from bones torn off the corpse of history. I fear my paintings are only skeletons born as ghosts, equally of discontent and love—I hate paintings that hide behind critical ambiguity, and yet I make them. 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 is the co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has been with the show since its inception in 1996, serving as field producer, senior producer and supervising producer before becoming the co-executive producer in 2005. 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 

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: 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 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 

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 


Jay Deshpande is the author of the poetry collection Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. full profile 

Writing 2010

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


Mark Doten is the author of the novel The Infernal, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press. His writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Guernica, the Believer, and New York Magazine. 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 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 

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 

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/Hartford, CT) was raised in Seattle, WA and received her BA from Bard College in 2011. Her art explores themes of identity, growth and deterioration, permanence and temporality, filtered through a personal lens. 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 

Writing 2006

Rivka Galchen is the author of the acclaimed novel Atmospheric Disturbances. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared widely in publications including The New Yorker, The Believer, Harper’s, and The New York Times. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Fiction Award and th 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 


Rebecca Godfrey is the author of the novel, The Torn Skirt (HarperCollins), a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge (Simon & Schuster), a work of literary reportage about the arrests and trials of seven teenage girls for the murder of Reena Virk, was f full profile 

Film 1982

Jinko is a result-driven producer and consultant for the animation industry. She has worked on over 15 animated features. 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 Green, a novel forthcoming from Random House. 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, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in Summer 2016.  Her essays, profiles, and criticism have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Believer, The New Inquiry, Poets & 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. In 2001, she directed Windsleepers, a film set in St. Petersburg. full profile 

Visual Arts 2014

Ben Hagari was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1981. During his MFA studies at Columbia University, Hagari worked on a short film: a tragic comedy about a man who is covered with vegetables and lives in a hothouse. He has exhibited his works in Israel and abroad. 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

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 2004

Mike Harvkey is the author of the novel In the Course of Human Events (2014), winner of Zoetrope's All-Story Magazine short fiction contest, and contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, NYLON, Four & Sons, Trunk, and Backstage. 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 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

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 

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 

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 (b.1985) is an installation artist whose current projects raise questions that challenge our preconceived notions of how humans relate to nature. 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 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). 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 

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 

Film 2009

Khary Jones was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey.   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 

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 

Film 2004

Eilis Kirwan is a screenwriter whose first feature film, The Whistleblower, is slated for theatrical release in August 2011. full profile 

Writing 2012

Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (2015) and story collection Intimations (2016), both from Harper. Her fiction and essays have been published in the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, T 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 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 

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 

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 

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 

Visual Arts 2015

Dana Lok's paintings and drawings play with language, sequence, illusion, and material in compositions that tease out subtleties of pictorial perception. Dana grew up in Berwyn, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, and currently lives and works in New York. 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 

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 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. His biopic Walk the Line, which depicts the rise to stardom of Johnny Cash, starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, who won an Oscar for her performance as June Carter Cash. 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 

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 

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 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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

Visual Arts 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. His latest project, a sci-fi comedy called Paul, was released in March 2011. The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Seth Rogen. 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 

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, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. 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 is a director of both narrative and documentary work. 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 

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, an intimate memoir of the acclaimed theatre and opera director Robert Wi 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 

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 

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 


Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. She is the author of Incorrect Merciful Impulses, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2016, and the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. 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 

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) grew up in Paris, France, received her BA in History of Art and Visual Arts from Brown University in 2008 and lived in Berlin for four years before moving to NYC. 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 


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 

Film 1988

Malia Scotch Marmo is a screenwriter who has written a number of hit films, including Stephen Spielberg’s Hook, on which she shares writing credits with James V. Hart. 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 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 


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

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 

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 (b. 1989 / New York) is a photographer whose work challenges conventions of beauty and promotes escapist, constructivist fantasy. She received her BFA in Photography and the History of Art and Visual Culture 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 (b.1988 / New York) works with photography, text, audio, and installation to create subjective archives. Her current body of work considers the way miniature replicas distill history and construct national narratives. 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 


Mayuran Tiruchelvam is a producer and screenwriter of narrative and documentary stories for film and television. He is a Sundance Institute Producing 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 

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 

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.
 full profile 

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 novel Flatscreen (Harper Perennial, 2012). 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 

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. Her work explores social, political and personal issues of identity through range of human experiences by collaborating with individuals who have formed 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