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London Faculty: Summer Sessions


Susan Sandler

Susan Sandler is a playwright, screenwriter, teacher, and mentor. Her screenplays include the Golden Goble nominated “Crossing Delancey”, “Friends At Last” (starring Kathleen Turner) as well as projects for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, TNT,  Columbia Pictures, Jersey Films and Interscope. Her work for the stage has been produced in New York, at major theatres across the country, and around the world. Her plays include “Crossing Delancey”,  “Under the Bed”, “The Renovation”, “The Moaner”, “If I Were A Train”, “Hokey-Pokey”, “The Find”, “The Burial Society”, “The Lovely Just So”, and “Kinfolks and Mountain Music”. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the HB Playwrights Foundation, The Playwrights Round Table of the Actors Studio, and the Writers Guild of America. Sandler’s work is published by Smith and Kraus, Vintage Press, and Samuel French Publishers.  Her plays have also been produced for “Playing on Air : Great American Short Plays with Great American Actors” on Public Radio and related podcasts.  

 Susan teaches screenwriting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in The Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, where she has developed new courses in the undergraduate department including Adaptation Screenwriting Workshop and a year long workshop in creating original feature screenplays.  Along with her teaching, she has passionately guided the student run Fusion Film Festival since its inception in 2003, celebrating the work of women behind the camera, and mentoring the next generation of female change-makers in film, television and new media. www.fusionfilmfestival.com

Coding with Shakespeare

Dan Shiffman

Daniel Shiffman works as an Assistant Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Baltimore, Daniel received a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and a Master’s Degree from ITP. He works on developing tutorials, examples, and libraries for Processing, the open source programming language and environment created by Casey Reas and Ben Fry. He is the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction and The Nature of Code (self-published via Kickstarter), a text and series of code examples about simulating natural phenomenon in Processing. For more information, visit natureofcode.com.


Sharon Badal, Producing Essentials and Media Moguls

Sharon Badal is vice president of filmmaker relations and shorts programming for Tribeca. She has been with the festival since its inception in 2001 and has produced special projects for Tribeca since 1999.

Her first job was at age 14 as an usher in her father’s suburban movie theatre, and it was there that she fell in love with “the movies.” Since that rather inauspicious start she has produced numerous live-events, worked in distribution and marketing for three major studios and, since 1994, has been on the faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  She is the author of “Swimming Upstream – A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution,” published by Focal Press.

She has been involved with actor Denis Leary’s Firefighter Foundation since 2002 as development associate and project coordinator and has received commendations from the New Orleans and Seaside Heights Fire Departments for her recovery efforts post Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, respectively. Sharon is the executive producer of the feature documentary “Let’s Roll,” which follows a group of Los Angeles firefighters as they bicycle across the United States to reach New York on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

She has been a jury member and/or panelist for many film festivals and organizations including the Regional Student Academy Awards, Alcine FF Madrid Spain, Bend FF Oregon, Calgary FF, DOC NYC, Jameson Dublin FF and Galway FF Ireland, Holly Shorts FF Los Angeles, Hot Springs Documentary FF, IFP Conference: Screen Forward NY, Keynote Speaker for Orlando FF, New Hampshire FF, New Orleans FF, Nordisk Panorama Iceland/Norway/Finland, Palm Springs ShortsFest , Rhode Island FF, Savannah FF, Sundance ShortsLab, CFC Worldwide, ImagineNative and TIFF in Toronto.  

Her hobbies include ballet, boxing and aviation, and some of her favorites things are chocolate, Aaron Rodgers & the Green Bay Packers and The Walking Dead.

More information about the summer program Producing in London.