School of Communication


Core Faculty

Bill Bleich (MFA, UCLA), associate director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage, is a screenwriter with more than a dozen produced network television movies, features, mini-series and pilots to his credit. His telefilm, Deadly Messages, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery. Other credits include: Good Cops, Bad Cops; Danger Island; The Midnight Hour; Smoky Mountain Christmas; Children of Stepford; Gladiator; The Hearse; When Dreams Come True and From the Dead of Night. He created the Universal syndicated television series Shades of L.A. and was on staff of the Showtime series Poltergeist: The Legacy.

Thomas Bradshaw (MFA, Brooklyn College) has joined us from the Department of Radio/Television/Film from Medgar Evers College in New York, where he was an assistant professor. Bradshaw is a playwright, the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2010 Prince Charitable Trust Prize. He is the author of Mary, which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in 2010; The Ashes; The Bereaved, which was named one of the Best Plays of 2009 by Time Out New York and was a New York Times Critic's Pick; and Southern Promises and Dawn, both listed among the Best Performances of Stage and Screen for 2008 in The New Yorker. His other works have included Prophet, Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist, Cleansed, Purity, and Job. Bradshaw has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s ten playwrights to watch, as one of Paper Magazine’s Beautiful People, and as Best Provocative Playwright in the Village Voice. More recently, Bradshaw’s play Intimacy was awarded $35,000 from The MAP Fund. As reported by The New York TimesIntimacy is part of The New Group’s 2013-2014 Off-Broadway season at the Acorn Theatre. Bradshaw is also collaborating with Oprah Winfrey and HBO to produce a family drama series about the first black president of a small liberal arts college.

Zayd Dohrn (MFA, NYU) is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced and developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Naked Angels, Marin Theatre, The Public (SPF), South Coast Rep, Alliance Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Alchemy Theatre, Southern Rep, and Kitchen Dog Theater, among others. He won Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize, the Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award, the Sky Cooper Prize, and the Jean Kennedy Smith Award, as well as residencies and/or commissions from Ars Nova, Dallas Theatre Center, Chautauqua, and the Royal Court Theatre of London. He is currently developing screenplays for Vox3 Films and American Film Company, as well as co-writing a pilot for HBO.

Rebecca Gilman (MFA, University of Iowa) was recently named to Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective. She is the author of plays including Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, The Crowd You're In With, Dollhouse, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Blue Surge, and The Glory of Living. Boy Gets Girl was listed as in Time Magazine's list of top 10 plays and musicals of the decade. Her plays have received numerous productions at regional theatres and abroad, including productions at the Goodman Theatre (where she is a member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective), the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, and Manhattan Class Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, and The George Devine Award. She was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her play, The Glory of Living.

David Tolchinsky (MFA, University of Southern California), director of the MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage, is a screenwriter (Sony Tristar's Girl) with screenplay commissions from such companies as MGM, USA Networks, Disney, Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures, Edward R. Pressman Film Corp, Addis-Wechsler/Industry Entertainment, and many other projects in development. Some of his work centers on teen subcultures such as heavy-metal fans, Florida surfer teens, teen groupies, and female football players, particularly in relation to social decay. He is also interested in horror, both psychological and physical. He has a secondary interest in sound design and has designed the sound for interactive computer environments and video installations that have been exhibited internationally.

Affiliated Faculty

Janae Bakken began her television career as production staff for Caroline in the City. In 2000 she moved to Malcolm in the Middle as writer’s assistant and wrote two episodes in the third season.  She started at Scrubs in 2001 as a writer, and by the end of the series, she had worked her way through the ranks all the way to co-executive producer. She also served as the co-executive producer for Gary Unmarried. Janae is an alumna of Northwestern University.

Jay Bonansinga (MFA, Columbia College Chicago) is a New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books, including the Bram Stoker finalist The Black Mariah (1994), and the International Thriller Writers Award finalist Shattered (2007).  Jay’s work has been translated into nine languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the Chicago Tribune.  Jay has won major film festival awards, including a Gold Remi at the Houston International WorldFest and a Best Comedy Feature at the Queens International Film Festival, and his 2005 novel, Frozen, is in development as a major motion picture starring Dennis Haysbert (The Unit).  Jay’s 2004 non-fiction debut, The Sinking of the Eastland, won the Certificate of Merit from the Illinois State Historical Society, and is currently the source novel for the acclaimed musical “Eastland” at the Tony award-winning Lookingglass Theater.  Jay’s recently released non-fiction work, Pinkerton's War, out from Lyons Press in 2011, is a true historical thriller about the creator of the U.S. Secret Service.  And Jay is currently hard at work co-writing a trilogy of original novels based on the universe of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant graphic novel, The Walking Dead (the inspiration for the mega-hit AMC series of the same name).  Jay is also a Visiting Professor at both Northwestern and DePaul universities where he teaches screenwriting.  You can find Jay on-line at

Rives Collins is the Chair of the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado College, he received his MFA in Child Drama from Arizona State University. Recent directorial efforts include: The Secret Garden, How Can You Run With A Shell On Your Back?, The Orphan Train, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Children of Eden, To Kill A Mockingbird, And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, Into the Woods, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and Salt and Pepper.

Shawn Douglass (MFA, University of Missouri-Kansas City) teaches Basic Acting. Shawn is an Artistic Associate with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company where he received an After Dark award for his portrayal of John Tanner in Man and Superman, and a Joseph Jefferson nomination for the role of Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara. Shawn has also appeared with such Chicago companies as Northlight Theatre, Court Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Writers' Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare. Shawn has appeared in over twenty Shakespearean productions both in Chicago and at Shakespeare Festivals in Wisconsin (American Players Theatre), Iowa and Montana. His directing credits include Romeo and Juliet for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, as well as Julius Caesar and The Diary of Anne Frank for Theatre at the Center in Munster, Indiana. 2005 acting credits include the title character in Humble Boy (Remy Bumppo) and Astrov in Apple Tree's production of Uncle Vanya. Shawn is co-adapting Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court for a reading at the 2005 Chicago Humanities Festival. He is a member of the Actor's Equity Association.

Paul Edwards (PhD Texas) is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Performance Studies. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 NU Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award and he oversees the teaching of the department's introductory course 103 - The Analysis and Performance of Literature. His research and teaching are in the study of literature through performance (Shakespeare, 19th and 20th century European and American fiction) and the adaptation of fiction for stage and screen. He has directed more than forty original stage adaptations of fiction for campus and professional settings. His adaptation of John Barth's The End of the Road received a 1993 Joseph Jefferson Citation (for non-Equity production), and his adaptation of Geoff Ryman's Was received a 1996 Joseph Jefferson Award (for Equity production) and an After Dark Award. From the National Communication Association he has received two awards: in 1997, the Leslie Irene Coger Award, honoring lifetime achievement in performance, and in 2001, the Lilla A. Heston Award for outstanding scholarship in performance studies. Essays and monographs have appeared in such publications as Shakespeare Quarterly, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Theatre Annual.

Kat Falls (MFA, Northwestern) started out as a screenwriter but is currently writing middle grade and young adult novels. Her debut novel, Dark Life (Scholastic Press, May 2010), has deals in eighteen international markets and is in development at Disney with Image Movers and the Gotham Group producing, and Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis attached to direct. Dark Life was featured on The Today Show when it was selected as the July 2010 pick by Al Roker for “Al's Book Club for Kids.” In 2011, Dark Life was named to the master list for Florida’s statewide reading initiative, The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award; nominated for Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award 2011/2012; and Kat was awarded a Juvenile Literary Award by The Friends of American Writers’. The sequel, Rip Tide, was released by Scholastic Press in August, 2011. Both books were awarded the designation, "A Junior Library Guild Selection." Kat is currently working on a dystopian YA trilogy, The Fetch, acquired by Scholastic Press in a 3-book deal for publication beginning in Fall 2012.

Henry Godinez A leader in Chicago Latino theatre and The Resident Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre, Born in Havana, Cuba, Godinez is the director of the Goodman's biennial Latino Theatre Festival featuring international, national and local Latino theatre companies. At the Goodman he has directed the world premieres of Karen Zacarías' Mariela in the Desert, Regina Taylor’s Millennium Mambo and Luis Alfaro’s Straight As A Line. Also at Goodman, he has directed The Cook by Eduardo Machado, Electricidad by Luis Alfaro, Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez, Sam Shepard’s Red Cross (one of the five short plays in Regina Taylor’s Transformations), the Goodman/Teatro Vista co-production of Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics and the Goodman’s production of A Christmas Carol from 1996-2001.

Cindy Gold  An active member of AEA and SAG, Cindy has worked off-Broadway in New York and regionally at Cape Rep Theatre in Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Madison Repertory Theatre and the Peninsula Players in Wisconsin; Shakespeare Sedona in Arizona; the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; the Boston Shakespeare Company; and several professional improvisation groups, most notably Mental Floss in Miami and the Next Move in Boston. She'll appear in the new TNT series, Leverage this season, and has appeared on Miami Vice and The Guiding Light, as well as a number of national commercials for television and radio. She has directed at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, The Coconut Grove Playhouse Summer Conservatory in Miami, The Lyric Stage in Boston, The Festival of Southern Theatre in Mississippi, and the 13th Street Theatre in New York City, among others.

Mia McCullough is the author of over 20 plays and 9 screenplays, some of which were written when she was studying in the Creative Writing for the Media program at Northwestern in the early 90s. Her plays have been produced in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left Theatre, as well as around the country at such theatres as The Old Globe and Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego, InterAct in Philadelphia, and Actors Express in Atlanta. She has been the recipient of various awards including the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborn Award, a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, and first prize in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. Ms. McCullough also teaches playwriting workshops in Chicago Public High Schools through Chicago Dramatists’ Outreach program.

Brett Neveu’s recent film productions include the shorts Convo with Breakwall Pictures, Exit, Clowny with JonPon Films and the feature The Earl with Intermission Productions.  Recent and upcoming theatre productions include The Opponent and Megacosm with A Red Orchid Theatre and 4 Murders with SkyPilot Theatre.  Past work includes productions with The Royal Court Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The House Theatre, The Inconvenience, The Side Project, The Goodman Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, TimeLine Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre and American Theatre Company.  He is a 2012 Sundance Institute Ucross Fellow and the recipient of the Ofner Prize for New Work, the Emerging Artist Award from The League of Chicago Theatres, an After Dark Award for Outstanding Musical (Old Town with Strawdog Theatre Company) and has developed plays with companies including The New Group, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens and is a resident-alum with Chicago Dramatists.  He is also an ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre, a member of The Playwrights’ Union and an alumni member of the Center Theatre Group’s Playwrights’ Workshop.  Brett has been commissioned by The Royal Court Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, Writers’ Theatre, Strawdog Theatre and has several of his plays published through Broadway Play Publishing, Dramatic Publishing and Nick Hern Publishing.  Brett has taught writing at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the Second City Training Center.

Laura Schellhardt (MFA, Brown University) has participated in the new play series at The Goodman, Northlight Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company as a reader of new plays, an assistant director and a director of development. She directed and taught theatre at the Piven School for Drama in Evanston for 4 years, and she was Education Director for both The Happiness Club - a Chicago based character education program, and for The Manton Avenue Project a similar program in Rhode Island. She is the founder of Kaleidoscope Kids, a theatre school for children, which opened its doors in 2000. Original works include On Yellow Winds, The K of D, Searching for Lochness, Inheritance, Je ne sais quoi, Shapeshifter and Courting Vampires. Her book, Screenwriting for Dummies was published in 2008 by Wiley Publishing.

Geoff Tarson truly embodies the interdisciplinary nature of the MFA. He is a television writer who has worked on the staffs of such shows as Suddenly Susan, Half & Half and That’s So Raven.  Most recently, he worked as a Story Editor on the Disney animated series Groove High set to premiere in England later this year.  He also sold and developed two pilots for Disney Channel – Hoo Knows Kung Fu and the animated Big Man on Planet.  Geoff has written over fifteen produced episodes of television and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.  He also has a background in theatre, having acted in regional theatres around the country as well as on America’s Funniest People and Saturday Night Live.  He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and co-wrote and performed in the two-person sketch comedy show Out on a Whim in NYC.  Geoff is pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Goddard College and has been the Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre since 2009. 

Harvey Young (Ph.D., Cornell) is a specialist in Black theatre and performance. He is the author of Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body and the co-editor, with Ramon Rivera-Servera, of Performance in the Borderlands. He is vice president for research and publications of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Mary Zimmerman received her BS, MA and PhD from Northwestern University. She is a member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company and is an Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre. She has earned national and international recognition in the form of numerous awards, including the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She has won more than 20 Joseph Jefferson Awards for her creative work and received the Tony Award for Best Direction for Metamorphoses. Other acclaimed works include Journey to the West, The Odyssey, The Arabian Nights, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Eleven Rooms of Proust.

Past Faculty

Aaron Carter is a play developer, literary manager and playwright who has served as the literary manager at Victory Gardens Theater for nearly four years. There, he played a key role in the IGNITION Festival, and was involved in the production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Year Zero, Love Person and Living Green, among others. As a new play developer and dramaturg, he has worked with many theatres and labs including WordBRIDGE, the Kennedy Center, Timeline Theater, Route 66 and Chicago Dramatists. His latest play, Start Fair in the Common Race, was presented in a workshop production in the "What's Next Lab" at Next Theater in Evanston.

John Green’s play, THE LIQUID MOON, was first produced at Chicago Dramatists where it won Chicago’s Jeff Award and After Dark Award for best new play. It subsequently produced at the Barter Theatre, nominated for the Pulitzer and published in the anthology, “New Plays from Chicago.” His musical, LET IT PLAY, was first produced at Chicago's Body Politic Theatre and then moved to the 78th Street Playhouse in Manhattan. The short and full length versions of his play, TWILIGHT SERENADE, were both published by the Dramatic Publishing Company and was recently optioned for film by Top Tog Films in L.A. John's play, HIDING, was a finalist in the national Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest. MENTOR was performed at Manhattan’s Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival and nominated as Best Writing. He is a resident writer with Chicago Dramatists. As an actor, John won the Joseph Jefferson Award (OF MICE AND MEN) and was nominated two other times. He has appeared in film, television and on stages across the United States and Europe.

David Kukoff, a 16- year veteran of the entertainment industry, has 11 produced film and television credits to his name, including the production polish on the hit Nickelodeon film “Clockstoppers.” In addition to his numerous Disney-related projects, Kukoff has sold and rewritten feature film projects at every studio in town, has worked in conjunction with producers Brain Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Cinderella Man”) and Gale Anne Hurd (“The Terminator,” “The Incredible Hulk”), and has held television development deals at Twentieth Century Fox Television and Touchstone Television.

Weiko Lin (MFA, UCLA) started his career in the theater writing and directing plays and musicals produced at UCLA's Royce Hall, Veterans Wadsworth Theatre, and Century City Playhouse. His last play The Best Man premiered at East West Players' David Henry Hwang Theater. In summer 2010, his newest play 100 DAYS had its first Chicago staged reading at Silk Road Theatre Project. In film, Weiko wrote a dramatic feature for The Mark Gordon Company (2012) and Good Worldwide, Inc. (The Messenger). He also has a comedy with Madhouse Entertainment (The Bounty Hunter) attached to produce. Currently, Weiko is developing a crime thriller remake with Atlas Entertainment (The Dark Knight). As writer/producer, he optioned the English language remake rights of the biggest Taiwanese box office hit Cape No. 7 of which he is currently adapting. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, he has taught screenwriting at Taipei National University of the Arts; he has also taught at University of California at San Diego and University of California at Riverside. A member of the Dramatist Guild of America and Writers Guild of America-West, Weiko serves as co-chair of WGA's Asian American Writers Committee.

According to Elaine Romero, she has led "a writer’s life." She saw Disneyland with the King of Zululand, learned Transcendental Meditation from the family Guru, and once fed the poor with Mother Teresa in Paris. Elaine’s work has been developed, produced, and commissioned(*) by such theatres as Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts*, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre*, Magic Theatre*, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company*, Curious Theatre Company*, Kitchen Dog Theater*, Urban Stages, Women’s Project and Productions, Working Theater, Short+Sweet Festival, (Australia), InspiraTo Festival (Toronto). Sample publishers: Simon and Schuster, Samuel French, Vintage Books. Residences: Sundance Playwrights’ Retreat, Voice & Vision, Orchard Project. Sample awards: $100,000 TCG/Pew National Theatre Artists in Residency grant, NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, National New Play Network’s New Play Commission. Elaine co-chaired the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ (Board) National Conference with Frida Torresblanco (PAN’S LABYRNITH). TV: CBS Diversity Institute’s Writer’s Mentorship Program, NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program. Film: LA Film School, Latino Producers’ Academy, Latino Writers’ Lab. Elaine has a script in development with Back Fence Productions. She is collaborating on a spec with Steve Barancik. She holds a BA from Linfield College (Summa Cum Laude) and an MFA from UC Davis.

Regina Stewart is a network television writer-producer who has authored more than thirty episodic scripts and six original pilots. A graduate of the highly competitive Warner Bros Writers Workshop, her writing and executive producing credits include Empty Nest, The George Lopez Show, The Norm MacDonald Show, Still Standing and Dharma and Greg, for which she garnered two Golden Globe nominations and a People’s Choice Award. She is also the recipient of an Environmental Media Award and two SHINE awards for honest portrayal of teen sexuality issues in half-hour comedy.

Carla Waddles has been working as a television comedy writer in Los Angeles for the past 13 years. She has written on and produced such shows as For Your Love (Warner Bros.), That’s So Raven (Disney), Half & Half (UPN), The Bill Engvall Show (TBS), and the Fresh Beat Band (Nickelodeon). Currently, she is developing a half-hour comedy pilot with Jerry Weintraub’s production company. She holds a B.S. from Northwestern in Journalism, an M.A. in Advertising from Michigan State and an MFA in Screenwriting from USC.

Barbara Wallace and Tom Wolfe have written together for nearly 20 years. Their plays include Early and Often, which ran at the Famous Door Theatre in Chicago in 2000-2001 and The Great Society, also a Famous Door production in 2003. Barbara and Tom have also written for television. They wrote an episode of Murphy Brown and then, in the next three years, worked on staff at three other shows before spending the past eight or nine years writing commissioned pilots. They also wrote the series Welcome to New York.

Visiting Artists

ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA — Playwright, television writer and comic book writer (Good Boys and True, Big Love, Spiderman and Nightcrawler for Marvel Comics)
HEATHER ASH — TV writer, screenwriter (Stargate SG-1Highlander 3)
JANAE BAKKEN — Co-Producer and Writer for Scrubs
HENRY BEAN — Writer/director, The Believer
GRETCHEN BERG & AARON HARBERTS — Executive producers for Fox’s Pepper Dennis and the horror film Valentine
ERIC BERNT — Screenwriter (Romeo Must DieVirtuosity)
GREG BERLANTI — Creator, Everwood and Jack and Bobby
ZACH BRAFF — Writer/actor/director (Garden StateScrubs)
STEPHEN COLBERT — Writer/producer/host of The Colbert Report
JON COLLIER — Writer/director/producer (Monk, The Simpsons, King of the Hill)
STEVEN CONRAD — Writer (Pursuit of Happyness, The Weatherman) and writer/director (The Promotion)
KEVIN CROTTY — Agent, co-head of TV literary department at ICM
PAUL FRANK — Producer (Comanche Moon)and Head of Television for The Firm, a talent agency
FRANK GALATI — Writer, The Accidental Tourist
PETER GALLAGHER — Golden Globe winning and Tony nominated actor (Covert Affairs, American Beauty)
MICHELE GANELESS — President of Comedy Central
ZACH GILFORD — Actor, (Off the Map, Friday Night Lights)
LAUREN GUSSIS — Supervising producer for Dexter
BRAD HALL — Actor/writer/producer (Saturday Night Live)
DARLENE HUNT — Actor and TV writer (ABC’s Platonically Incorrect pilot)
TONY KUSHNER — Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright (Angels in America)
JEFF KWATINETZ — CEO of The Firm, a talent management agency
HOLLY LAURENT, Chicago writer/actor/improviser, Second City Chicago
JILL LEIDERMAN — Executive Producer, Jimmy Kimmel Live
TRACY LETTS — Chicago-based actor and Pulitzer-Prize nominated playwright (Man From Nebraska)
RICHARD LEWIS — producer/director (CSI, Barney’s Version)
ATTICA LOCKE — Screenwriter, various Hollywood deals
JOHN LOGAN — Screenwriter (The AviatorGladiator)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS — Actress (The New Adventures of Old Christine, Seinfeld)
WENDY MACLEOD — Playwright, TV writer, screenwriter (House Of YesJuveniliaSchoolgirl Figure)
LUKE MATHENY — Academy Award winning filmmaker, writer and actor (God of Love)
LAVERNE MCKINNON — Head of New Dramatic Series, CBS
MARGARET NAGLE - Emmy nominated screenwriter and producer (Warm Springs, Boardwalk Empire)
DANA OLSEN — Evanston-based screenwriter (George of the Jungle)
DIANA OSSANA — Academy Award winning screenwriter (Brokeback Mountain, Comanche Moon)
HAROLD RAMIS — North Shore-based director and screenwriter (Groundhog Day)
SARAH RUHL — Playwright, Blackburn Award winner
JOSH SHADER — Executive for Terra Firma (Adam Herz’ company)
ROBIN SHORR — TV writer (The Loop and Samantha Who)
NEIL THOMPSON — Veteran TV writer (Happy DaysNight Court, 2004 Emmy for Malcolm in the Middle)
IRA UNGERLEIDER — Emmy nominee as producer/writer of Friends and executive producer for Gary Unmarried
STEPHEN WILLEMS — Literary manager of New Yorks MCC Theater
DAVID ZUCKERMAN — Former Director of Comedy Programs for NBC, current Co-Executive Producer for Fox’s American Dad



Dave Tolchinsky
Bill Bleich
Thomas Bradshaw
Zayd Dohrn
Rebecca Gilman


Janae Bakken
Jay Bonansinga
Rives Collins
Shawn Douglass
Paul Edwards
Kat Falls
Harry Godinez
Cindy Gold
Mia McCullough
Brett Neveu
Laura Schellhardt
Geoff Tarson
Harvey Young
Mary Zimmerman