Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Chris Bowen is a playwright and a screenwriter. He is a recent graduate of Northwestern’s Writing for the Screen + Stage MFA program, and has had four plays produced in the Wilmington, NC area. Chris has received numerous honors for the short films he has written, including “Best Comedy” for Off the Wall and “Best Film” for Mime Unit, both at the One Take Film Festival. This past summer (2012), he was a development intern at Lionsgate Films. He is currently working on a screenplay about weird sex fetishes.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Michael Van Ness is a screenwriter currently living in Los Angeles with two dogs, two babies, one wife, and an amorphous pile of chew toys that may have become sentient. (By the way, he says the only difference between baby and doggy chew toys is context.) Shortly after he earned an MFA from Northwestern University, FremantleMedia optioned his tween sitcom, MUSE. He won the Acclaim national screenwriting contest for his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia spec; was awarded the Bindley grant for promising filmmakers; has had short plays produced in Chicago; and was published in the GRIST literary journal. He also won a literary internship at Steppenwolf Theatre, worked as a writer’s assistant, and is currently writing a fantasy novel for middle-graders. He wishes he had more time to nap. You can view an excerpt of his graphic novel, FIGMENT, here.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Dan Selcke is an attorney and freelance writer living in Chicago, IL. He worked at comedy magazine The Onion as part of The Onion Labs, where he submitted jokes, articles, and long-form advertising ideas. In his spare time, he likes to see movies and write things about what he saw.
Friday, December 7, 2012
David Kukoff is a 17-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. Kukoff has also been a faculty guest lecturer at Northwestern University and UCLA.
Monday, December 3, 2012
A New Hampshire native, Peter Papachronopoulos currently lives in Chicago and works as a staff writer in Groupon's Editorial department. A veteran sketch writer and performer and graduate of comedy programs at both Second City and The Annoyance, Peter loves to make with the jokes onstage. Though terribly named, Peter's "Pretentious Title That Makes You Hate This Play Before It Has Even Begun" was recently selected as a finalist for Stage Left's DrekFest 2012.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Liz Ellison is a Chicago-based playwright. She is a 2012-2013 Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center. Her screenplay FAULT ZONE won a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and her plays have been developed and produced in Chicago, New York, Omaha, Aspen, and Ypsilanti, MI. She has been a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award and a two-time O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semifinalist. Her work appears in the Vintage Books anthology SHORTER, FASTER, FUNNIER. She is a member of Courier 12 Collective, Chicago Writers Bloc, and the Nest at Halcyon Theatre. Liz holds a B.A. in theater and English from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a recipient of the Steven Bochco Fellowship.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Gedalya Chinn is a storyteller (and so are you). While pursuing a BFA in Acting at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), he performed in numerous productions within the Department of Theatre, as well as outside the academic confines. Throughout his sojourn in the Baltimore/DC area, he remained active as a featured spoken word performer, and as a member of Zelda’s Inferno, a Baltimore poetry collective. He co-founded The Unmentionable Theatre, a non-profit company focusing on the responsibility of Theatre to larger socio-political issues and to its immediate community, serving as Founding Director, actor, dramaturg, playwright, set builder, and community organizer (simultaneously, on a few occasions). He moved (mid) West to Chicago in 2008, where he later earned his MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage at Northwestern University. In Chicago, he served as Literary Management Intern at Victory Gardens Theater and participated in their IGNITION Festival as a dramaturg and rehearsal assistant. Currently, he’s back on the East Coast, riding the rails between DC, Baltimore and New York, and is supremely grateful to his expanding, expansive, inspiring and generous family (some of whom are actually related to him)...and their couches. Though he set aside his live music performance activities a number of years ago to pursue acting and writing, music was, and still is, his first love (primarily Progressive-Avant-Jazz-Kraut-Hop, non-traditional uses of found percussion, and all flavors of electronica, from the pulse-pounding and joint-jumping to the experimental knob-fiddling), and he is enjoying all the ways he is currently sharing his first love with all others.