Division of Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Professional Title: MFA Creative Writing Faculty
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Writing for Stage and Screen
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Distance-Learning Courses: Creative Writing I-IV; Craft and Reflection I-III; Graduating Seminar Preparation; Creative Thesis; Residency Seminars: Black List Scripts; Reading and Writing for Stage and Screen
Education: B.F.A. Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College; M.F.A. Creative Writing, Emerson College
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Full-length PlaysTechnicolor LifeBLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)¡SOLDADERA!Sisters ThreeM-TheoryOccupation: HousewifeS.O.E.PS: Page Me Later (contributing writer)TV and ScreenplaysStone Beach (pilot)¡SOLDADERA! (pilot) Technicolor LifeCure PorchThe Curse of Tony CPublications by Smith and KrausProduction and Development2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival, REP Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, HERE Arts Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Aurora Theatre Company, The Source Festival, CHALK REP, The Antaeus Company, Launch Pad, HotCity Theatre, WordBRIDGE, Ashland New Plays Festival, The Lark, Milwaukee Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Rogue Machine Theatre, Moving Arts, among other venues.
Teaching Philosophy: To be an effective dramatist, I believe you must do three things:
Writing a script, play or screenplay, is a journey, and as your teacher/mentor, I'll do my best to guide you in writing the script you want to write. At the same time, I'll be asking all the hard questions of the script. No doubt, my main focus will be on character, for the core of all drama is "character in action." "Character in action" applies to every script, from a high-concept action-adventure screenplay to an intimate two-person play.
Awards: The Kilroy’s “TOP 46” LIST, The Aurora Theater Company’s GAP Prize, John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award, Los Angeles ARC Grant, WordBRIDGE Fellow, Ashland New Plays Festival, Elliot Norton Award, Jury-Prize Winner of HotCity Theatre’s GreenHouse Reading Series, ATHE Visiting Playwright, SAC/Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship, Nomination for Kevin Kline Award for “Outstanding New Play.”Affiliations: The Gersh Agency, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Playwrights’ Center, Moving Arts Theatre Company, Loyola Marymount University, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, Grub Street, Emerson College, The Dramatists Guild, AWP, ATHE, Circle Readingswebsite:www.jamibrandli.com
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