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Screenwriting Department

Melanie Williams Oram Melanie Williams Oram
Chair of Screenwriting, Directing

MFA, Columbia University B.A., Harvard University, cum laude Peabody Award, HBO 90-minute documentary, Dare To Compete. Emmy Award, HBO series Real Sports.

Danielle Beeber Danielle Beeber

Born and raised in NYC, Danielle is a Writer, Editor and Producer. She received her MFA with honors from Columbia University in Screenwriting, There she was awarded various screenwriting awards and scholarships including a full first year writing scholarship, a teaching fellowship, and the Zaki Gordon grant for screenwriting. Ms Beeber went on to be a producer and Editor for Vh1′s Best Week Ever. Afterwards she wrote and rewrote screenplays for National Lampoons and Breakout Productions. She is one of the producers for the critically acclaimed web series for PBS- "Black Folk Don't." Ms Beeber is currently working on her graphic memoir LOOSE a Loose memoir as well as a documentary on the hidden art scene on Staten Island.

Ben Maraniss Ben Maraniss

MFA University of Southern California

Lanre Olabisi Lanre Olabisi
Screenwriting, Directing

BA University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor; MFA City College of New York. Writer/Director of the award winning feature film August the First, which screened at 30 film festivals around the world, including The South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and The Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The latest award winning screenplay, Highway to Nowhere has been optioned and is currently in development.

Seth Michael Donsky Seth Michael Donsky
Screenwriting, Directing

MFA, Columbia University. Award Winning Feature Film Twisted (1997). Recipient of the 2002 Hallmark Development Grant for the short film Loopy.

Randall Dottin Randall Dottin
Screenwriting, Directing

MFA, Columbia University Writer/Director of Student Academy and DGA winning film A-Alike, Writer/Director Fox Searchlab film Lifted, Director of Sloan Feature Film Grant recipient, Indelible.

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