Jeffrey Stanley

Adjunct Instructor

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Courses
Fundamentals of Developing the Screenplay

Education
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, director and 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar who conducted research in India on early 20th century Bengali film and theatre and their impact on India’s nascent Independence Movement. He is currently writing a book based on his research. 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. He is presently developing a TV series with producer Matthew Myers. 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 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 PostNew York Times, Time Out New York, New York Press and Brooklyn Rail, and he was a senior editorial advisor to Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies' book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). 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 also teaches screenwriting at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and has taught a course he created, Theatre History for Actors, at the Lee Strasberg Institute.