Faculty

Learn from the best creative minds and industry leaders.

FACULTY

Marta F. Kaufmann

Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer, and showrunner behind the hit series "​Friends" ​and "​Grace and Frankie."​ 

David Kirkpatrick

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Former President of Paramount Pictures and the Production President of Walt Disney Studios and has worked on over 200 motion pictures including global franchises as Indiana Jones, and Star Trek.  

Hawk Koch

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Former Motion Picture Academy President and Producer’s Guild co-president, responsible for films such as Chinatown, Marathon Man, Rosemary’s Baby and Wayne’s World.

Jeff Arch

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Writer of Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild award and a BAFTA Award.

Richard C. Morais

Author of bestseller, The Hundred-Foot Journey, which Spielberg and Winfrey released as film starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri. Recipient of many international awards.

Tab Murphy

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Received Academy Award nomination for Gorillas in the Mist and wrote Disney films including Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Atlantis, and Brother Bear.

Jane Sibbet

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A writer and actress,  notable roles include Haddy Newman on the Fox television series Herman's Head, and as Ross Geller's ex-wife, the groundbreaking role of Carol Willick in the NBC sitcom, Friends.  

Rosa Salazar

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Award-winning head writer of the Mexican sensation, Mujer Casos de la Vida Real for eleven years, seen in 12 countries with more than 6,000 hours of programming.

Brooke Warner

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Publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress and author of Write On, Sisters! and Green-light Your Book. She is the former Executive Editor of Seal Press.

Gary Lucchesi

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Partner/Producer of the independent film company Revelations Entertainment, as well as President Emeritus of the Producer’s Guild of America.  Produced Oscar winner for Best Picture "Million Dollar Baby,"

Alka Joshi

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New York Times bestselling author of The Henna Artist, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection, now in development for TV by Miramax.

Donn Hahn

Produced dozens of films, including:“Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Lion King.”

Diane Warren

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Grammy winner with 15 nominations, a two-time Golden Globe Award winner with six nominations and an Emmy winner. Sole owner of her publishing company, Realsongs.

Chris Boardman

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Multi award winner Composer, with 6 Emmy Awards, ASCAP and BMI film awards and multiple platinum records with artists as Quincy Jones, David Foster, Steven Spielberg, Julie Andrews, Barbara Streisand. 

Bonnie Greenberg

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Top music supervisor, Bonnie has been involved in such motion picture classics as “Pleasantville,” “The Mask,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “What Women Want,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “It’s Complicated.”

Ken Stewart

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Acclaimed writer-producer-director at both Paramount and Columbia Pictures. Created the landmark Coca-Cola Polar Bears ad campaign, installed into the Library of Congress in 2000.

Anne Carlucci 

Executive Producer for The Hallmark Channel, with films such as Matching Hearts, Picture a Perfect Christmas; Love, of Course; Destination Wedding,  All Things Valentine and 'Tis the Season for Love.

Scott Stabile

Speaker and author of Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart and Just Love, and the screenwriter of the children's film, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.

Beth Broday

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Award-winning executive producer with more than thirty years experience in identifying, developing, packaging, and selling content that results in millions of dollars in sales and revenue. 

Jessica Keener 

National bestselling novelist and award-winning author of Night Swim, Women In Bed, and Strangers In Budapest, which was an Indie Next pick, and an Entertainment Weekly “Best New Books” choice.

Katrina Anne Willis

Essayist and best selling author of Parting Gifts, whose award-winning writing has been anthologized in Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God.

Julie Cantrell 

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​​A New York Times, USA TODAY, and international bestselling author whose work has found literary acclaim across

both faith-based and general audiences. 

Linda Schreyer

Television screenwriter, with 1,000 hours of television for Port Charles, Sunset Beach, General Hospital, The Bold and The Beautiful and NBC A Place at The Table, with

Danny Glover.

Gus Makris

Three-time Emmy Award Cinematographer, Director & Producer for his work on 156 episodes of the acclaimed tv series  Law and Order, whose work includes Criminal Minds and Orange is the New Black.

LuAnn Brandsen

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Former editor of Country Homes, Country Gardens and Midwest Living magazines. Her work can be found in Elegant Homes, Décor,  Cottage Style and Tuscan Style.

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Julie Barton

NYT bestselling author of Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself. She is published in Brain Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Aaron Weisblatt

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Editor, sound editor, cameraman, producer, director, and writer. His documentary short Sam, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Jeffrey Sklan 

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A celebrated LA photographic artist shaping images that revere nature, color, celebrity and natural beauty. His art is in the homes of private collectors throughout the world.

Miranda Garrison

World-class choreographer, whose credits include Dirty Dancing, Salsa, The Forbidden Dance, Evita, Selena, -  twelve as an actor/dancer and thirty-six for choreographic direction.

Ellen Meister

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Author of bestselling bestselling Dorothy Parker Drank Here, Farewell, Dorothy Parker, and The Other Life. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University and mentors aspiring women authors. 

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Kristine Van Raden/ Molly Davis

Best friends and co-authors of Letters to Our Daughters, featured on the Oprah Show. They are founders of Matters that Matter

Luis Alberto Urrea

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A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of

17 books.

Alexia LaFortune 

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Author of  acclaimed Sex, Love, and Spirit: A Memoir and devoted to the transformative power of

the arts. Her essays are published internationally and teaches creativity workshops nationally. 

Lisa Wingate

#1 NYT bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including The Book of Lost Friends and Before We Were Yours. She is a Goodreads Choice award winner for historical fiction and a Southern Book Prize winner.

Alan Cohen 

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Bestselling author of 27 books of inspiration and spiritual self-help, including The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and the award-winning A Deep Breath of Life. 

Stephen Kiernan

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Author of Universe of Two, The Curiosity (now in television series development), The Baker's Secret and The Hummingbird, as well as two books of nonfiction. His work has been translated into many languages.

Joany Kane

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Writer of  Hallmark's The Christmas Card, which broke all records for the channel, was nominated for an Emmy, and started the Hallmark Christmas craze.

Susan Meissner

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USA Today bestselling novelist with more than half a million books in print. Her award-winning works of historical fiction have been named to numerous lists, including Publishers Weekly’s annual roster of 100 best books, Library Reads Top Picks, Real Simple annual tally of best books, Booklist’s Top Ten, and Book of the Month.

James Crawford

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A new writer advocate, James has developed and produced for Hallmark and UPTV, Magic Stocking, Love's Complicated, and A December Bride.

Jennifer Louden

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Acclaimed writing instructor, personal growth pioneer and author of Why Bother?, The Woman's Comfort Book and six other books, nearing a million copies in print. 

Jessica Hecht

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Known for her role as Susan Bunch on "Friends." She played Gretchen Schwartz on "Breaking Bad" and has appeared in numerous other television series and movies.

Maggie Wheeler

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Her TV credits  include roles on "Friends",“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Ellen,” Seinfeld,” “Will & Grace,” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Tate Donovan

Emmy winner for “Arthur and Johnnie,. He has appeared in more than 45 films, including “Rocketman,” “The Upside,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Argo” (SAG Award), 

Tim Bagley

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His acting career include “Will & Grace,” “Teachers,” “Monk,” “This Is 40,” “Knocked Up,” “Employee of the Month” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”

Jonathan Stark

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Began writing for television in 1991, penning episodes for “Cheers,” “The Nanny,” “Drew Carey” and “Ellen,” for which he won an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award for “The Puppy Episode.”

Tracy Newman

Emmy and a Peabody Award winner for co-writing the ground-breaking “coming out” episode of "Ellen." In 2001 they co-created the ABC sitcom "According to Jim." They started their writing careers on "Cheers."

Bobby Farrelly

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Director, screenwriter and producer. He and his brother Peter are known for writing, directing and producing quirky comedy films such as "Dumb and Dumber," "Kingpin," "Shallow Hal," "Me, Myself and Irene,"

Gae Polisner 

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Award-winning author of In Sight of Stars, The Memory of Things, The Summer of Letting Go, The Pull of Gravity, and Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me. 

Bennett Yellin

Writer for film and television. Collaborating in comedy classic "Dumb and Dumber," as well as its official sequel, "Dumb and Dumber To."  

Paulo de Oliveira

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Programming executive and producer, working at media companies including HBO, Disney and NBC Universal and on shows such as "Outlander," "Monk," "Psych," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Eureka."

Lorna Cook

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Co-directed Academy nominated “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” animator credits include: Walt Disney Pictures’ “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King,” as well as Universal Pictures’ “The Land Before Time” and “An American Tail.”

Kimberly Davis 

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Author of Brave Leadership, an Amazon bestseller in business leadership, and chosen #1 of Inc. magazine's most impactful books of 2018. 

Aaron Blaise

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Supervising Animator known for “Beauty and the Beast," “Aladdin," “The Lion King," “Pocahontas” and  “Mulan." In 2003 he was co-director of Oscar nominated“Brother Bear” for  for Best Animated Feature Film.

Kirk Wise

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Directed “Beauty and the Beast,” the first animated feature to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Also directed “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Atlantis the Lost Empire.”

Gary Trousdale

Director known for "Beauty and the Beast","The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Atlantis: The Lost Empire." He worked on "The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper" with Dreamworks Animation.

Holly George-Warren

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Two-time Grammy nominee and the award-winning author of sixteen books. With numerous publications, including the "New York Times," "Rolling Stone," and "Entertainment Weekly.

Bob Spitz

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ournalist and award-winning author of the biographies “Reagan: An American Journey,” “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child” and “The Beatles. He has represented Bruce Springsteen and Elton John in several capacities.

Sheila Weller

Author of beloved NYT bestseller Girls Like Us (Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon); The News Sorority; acclaimed memoir Dancing at Ciro’s, and four other praised books. Winner of 9 magazine awards

Robin Urdang

Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated music supervisor.  collaborated on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.". Her credits include "Call Me by My Name," the beloved series "Brothers and Sisters," and "Gilmore Girls."