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Drew Brody, Instructor, Creative Writing
Postgraduate Film Studies, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
MA, Playwriting Studies, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
BA, Theater Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


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Academic Biography
Drew Brody is an award-winning playwright and producer whose films, web series, stage plays, and other live events in Los Angeles and New York have featured James Cromwell, Robert Forster, James Gammon, Ed Harris, Rex Lee, Amy Madigan, Rob Morrow, Dermot Mulroney, Jenny O’Hara, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bill Pullman, Sara Rue, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, and French Stewart, among many others. Produced works include dozens of world premieres for the stage, including two by Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights: Sam Shepard’s It Wasn’t Proust, and Beth Henley’s Tight Pants. Drew won back-to-back “Excellence in Producing” awards at the New York International Fringe Festival for his production of Fluffy Bunnies in a Field of Daisies that earned an award for Best Ensemble and named Best of Fringe.  

As an advisor and script consultant, Drew worked with screenwriters to develop projects for television and film that have collectively grossed several hundred million dollars worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University and David Edgar's postgraduate Playwriting Studies program at the University of Birmingham, Drew has been a guest lecturer of playwriting, screenwriting, and independent film production at several colleges and universities. At Mount St. Mary's College, Drew serves as a graduate thesis advisor and teaches Creative Writing courses in playwriting and screenwriting for both film and television.

Teaching Statement
As an educator and faculty member at the Mount, educators, my goal is to help our students learn and grow into the best possible versions of themselves.  To do that, we surround them with structure and scaffolding, support them in the areas where they need it, and at the same time push them beyond the skill levels they have already mastered.  Our aim is to impart to our students not only the skills and knowledge needed to do the required work, but also to make meaningful contributions to academia and the community beyond the students’ time at the Mount.

In order to develop these skills in our students, we need an understanding of how the individual fits into the overarching educational experience. Accurate evaluation and assessment of a student’s work helps identify any barriers that stand in the way of a student’s success. These barriers vary and for some students the most significant obstacle at any given moment may have nothing to do with the subject at hand.

Just as the best coaches teach teamwork, strategy, determination, focus and sportsmanship while helping athletes develop the physical skills required to play the game, the best educators also work with students on multiple levels. As a script consultant and creative writing teacher, I help writers not only with the craft of writing, but also with the discovery of their unique voices and the unearthing of the stories they desire to write.

Academic Interests
Drew’s academic interests include the neurobiology of ADHD and executive function disorders, as well as the prevalence of those afflictions among those who pursue careers in the arts.

Areas of Research

  • Theater pedagogy, including the evolution and development of academic programs in creative writing and performing arts
  • New play development in the United Kingdom between the end of theatre censorship and the arts funding crisis (1968-1988)
  • Los Angeles Theater Production in the Equity 99-Seat Plan era (1972-present)

Recent Conferences
Drew will attend the Warnborough College 2nd Annual Fine Arts and Art History Conference, “Culture … Time … and Passion: The Fibres of Arts in August, in Canterbury, England where he will lead workshops in creative writing character development and independent film production. Drew will also present a paper: "The Quest for the Tattooed Platypus: Embracing the Crisis in American Theatre Departments.” 

Recommended Top 10 Play List

  • Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill
  • Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, by Anna Deveare Smith
  • Hapgood by Tom Stoppard
  • The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan
  • Angels in America by Tony Kushner
  • You Can't Take it With You by Moss Hart
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Fences by August Wilson
  • Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht

Professional Affiliations

  • The MET Theatre in Hollywood (Resident writer/producer 2002-2008)
  • Cornell-in-Hollywood Internship and Mentorship Summer Programs (Founding co-chair 2008-2011)

Publications

  • “Lucky Day” (2012) in The Real Stories of the Brothers Grimm

Recently Taught Courses

  • HUM 232CW - Writing for Screen and Television
  • HUM 246CW - Playwriting 
  • HUM 295 - Directed Individual Study
  • Advanced Writing for Screen and Television