Jami Brandli

MFA in Creative Writing Faculty

Headshot of faculty Jami Brandli

To be an effective dramatist, I believe you must do three things:

  •  Know what your characters want
  •  Never make it too easy on your characters
  •  You, the dramatist, must love your characters, even the most despicable ones.

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.

Work


Full-length Plays

Technicolor Life
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)
¡SOLDADERA!
Sisters Three
M-Theory
Occupation: Housewife
S.O.E.
PS: Page Me Later
 (contributing writer)
A collection of ten-minute plays which includes Normal, Flooding, Moon Man, Once Removed and Epic Love

TV and Screenplays

Stone Beach (pilot)
¡SOLDADERA! (pilot) 
Technicolor Life (screenplay)
Cure Porch (screenplay)
The Curse of Tony C (screenplay)
Hit Mom (pilot)

Production and Development

New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, The Road, Moxie Theatre, 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival, Moving Arts, REP Stage, HERE Arts Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Serenbe Playhouse, The Aurora Theatre Company, The Source Festival, CHALK REP, Promethean Theatre,  The Antaeus Company, Launch Pad, HotCity Theatre, WordBRIDGE, Ashland New Plays Festival, The Lark, Milwaukee Rep, Rogue Machine Theatre, Boston Theatre Marathon, Inkwell Theater Company, ATHE, among other venues.

Awards

The Kilroy’s “TOP 46” LIST, Finalist for 2016 PEN Drama Award, 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, Serenbe Playhouse’s New Territories Fellow, Launch Pad Fellow, 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 Robert Freedman Agency, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Playwrights’ Center, Moving Arts Theatre Company, MADlab, Loyola Marymount University, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, Grub Street, Emerson College, The Dramatists Guild, AWP, ATHE, Circle Readings

Education

M.F.A. Creative Writing, Emerson College
B.F.A. Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College