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Dona Cooper
Faculty: Screenwriting (2002)
Author of the book “Writing Great Screenplays for Film and TV” based on her lectures while teaching in the MFA screenwriting program at AFI, Cooper has spent more than twenty years as a creative executive working as the network liaison between producers, directors and writers on dozens of television shows.

Cooper began her career as a free-lance story consultant for HBO and later became the head of NBC’s Story Department. Cooper was then promoted to Director of NBC’s Prime Time Dramas working on shows such as L.A. LAW and QUANTUM LEAP before becoming Vice President of Scripps Howard Productions. Cooper then joined ABC as Sr. Vice President of ABC Daytime overseeing storylines for shows like GENERAL HOSPITAL and ALL MY CHILDREN and continued worked as a story consultant for that network after joining the faculty of UNCSA. She currently free-lances as a story consultant on feature and television projects.


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.