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Dona Cooper
Faculty: Screenwriting (2002)
Author of “AFI’s Writing Great Screenplays for Film and TV.” Twenty years experience as a creative executive in all areas of television programming. Former senior vice president of programming for ABC Daytime television. Former director of Prime Time Programs for NBC, serving as the network’s liaison with producers, directors and writers on such series as “E.R.,” “Law & Order,” “Quantum Leap,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “L.A. Law.” Developed the Emmy Award-winning “Drug Wars: The Kiki Camerena Story.” Served as a free-lance story consultant for independent feature producers, as well as HBO.
Dona Cooper
William Mai
William Mai Faculty: Screenwriting (1997)
B.A., M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Cornell University. Screenwriting credits include LIGHTSHIP, WALK ON THE MOON, CALDO LARGO and FIG TREE JOHN. Has had selected publications in "Westbere Review," "Antaeus" and "Epoch." Has taught writing at Ithaca College, St. Clare's Hall, Cornell University and for the Peace Corps.
Laura Hart McKinny
Faculty: Screenwriting (1993)

Member of the founding faculty at the School of Filmmaking.  BA, Lifetime Teaching Credential and graduate coursework, University of California, Los Angeles. Recipient of Writer’s Guild of America, East Foundation Fellowship Grant for an original screenplay. MFA in Creative Writing, Queens University of Charlotte.  Numerous screenplays.  Writer of One in Eight.  Writer and co-producer of feature documentary, InBroad Daylight.   Writer of stage adaptation of The Land Breakers by John Ehle.

Laura Hart McKinny
Ron Stacker Thompson
Ron Stacker Thompson Faculty: Screenwriting (1998)
B.A., Illinois State University. Twelve years experience teaching at Merritt College; founded the Oakland Ensemble Theatre. As a writer and director of the stage, has mounted projects at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina, and the Henry Street Settlement and AMAS theatres in New York. For the last 10 years, has been a producer and writer for television and film. Film credits include: HOODLUM, SISTER ACT 2, THE CEMETERY CLUB, DEEP COVER, A RAGE IN HARLEM, FUNNY VALENTINES, SPLIT SECOND and AMERICA'S DREAM. Numerous awards include NAACP Image Award, Cable Ace Award, Audelco Award, NACCA nomination, and a Bay Area Critic's Circle Award.