Jeffrey Stanley

Adjunct Instructor

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Fundamentals of Developing the Screenplay

B.F.A. New York University (Tisch, Film and Television)
M.F.A. New York University (Tisch, Dramatic Writing)

Jeffrey Stanley is a screenwriter, playwright, performance artist, filmmaker, director, and 2022-24 Fulbright Alumni Ambassador. He was a 2018-19 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India where he researched theatre and film history, about which he is currently writing a book. He has won numerous screenwriting awards and has optioned or been hired to write scripts for Peter Farrelly & Charles B. Wessler, GreeneStreet Films, Barbara Kopple's Cabin Creek Films, Andrew Lauren Productions, and others. His award-winning short film Lady in a Box starring Sarita Choudhury has been licensed numerous times for international broadcast and distribution, and he has worked as a script consultant for UK-based Initialize Films and an analyst and judge for the Script Savvy Screenplay Contest. Stanley's stage play Tesla's Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway in 1999 and went on to national and international productions including the Edinburgh Fringe. He is a past president of the board of directors of the legendary New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble, he has been a fellow at Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest screenwriting lecturer at the Imaginary Academy summer film and theatre workshop in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation. He was one of 24 writers chosen from over 16,000 entrants for the first Amtrak Writers Residency in 2014-15, and served as a residency judge for the 2015-16 competition. Stanley has appeared as a guest writer in the Washington Post, New York Times, Time Out New York, New York Press, Brooklyn Rail, and Contingent Magazine, he was a senior editorial adviser to Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies' book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006), and he is a member playwright of the invitation-only International Theatre Initiative (ITI), a UNESCO-sponsored world theatre education program. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts where he studied under playwrights David Ives and Tony Kushner, and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television Production. He has taught a course he created, Theatre History for Actors, at the Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute. In addition to currently teaching at Tisch, he is a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University.