Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Scriptwriting Faculty

Faculty List

James Patrick Kelly has had an eclectic writing career.  He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows.  He has won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award and the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award.  His fiction has been translated into eighteen languages.  His one act plays have been produced in Manchester, NH,  Portsmouth, NH, Poughkeepsie, NY, Honolulu, HI, and Off Broadway in New York City.   He has written two full length historical plays, I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight which made its debut at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH in 2002 and The Duel, which travelled from the W.E.S.T Theater in Portsmouth, NH to the Palace Theater in Manchester, NH in 2005.  From 1998-2000 he wrote audioplays for Seeing Ear Theater, created by, the website of television’s SciFi channel.  Five were produced for free download on the internet, starring, among others, Paul Giamatti, Campbell Scott, Rafael Ferrer and Fisher Stevens.  In 2008 he produced his own audioplay, “A Swim In The Laughing Soup” for  He has also had two planetarium shows produced by the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord, NH.   His Hugo Award winning story “Think Like A Dinosaur” was adapted for the television show The New Outer Limits.

Michael Kimball is the author of 21 full-length and short plays which have been nationally produced, including Ghosts of Ocean House, nominated for the 2007 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and the multi award-winning short play Say No More. Michael has sold original screenplays and adaptations to movie companies and written episodes for the TV series Monsters. Michael is currently adapting his novel Mouth to Mouth for the screen and writing two other original screenplays.

David Mura is a playwright, performance artist, poet, novelist, memoirist and critic.  His stage adaptation of Li-Young Lee’s memoir, “The Winged Seed,” premiered at Pangea World Theater.  His play “Internment Voices,” co-written with Esther Suzuki, received a CLPEF grant and premiered with Theater Mu, Minneapolis.  He has written several performance pieces: “Relocations: Images from a Sansei” (1990), “Silence & Desire” (1994) and “After Hours” (1995; in collaboration with pianist Jon Jang and actor Kelvin Han Yee).   Along with African American writer Alexs Pate, Mura created and performs a multi-media performance piece, Secret Colors, about their lives as men of color and Asian American-African American relations.  This piece premiered for the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1994) and has been presented at various venues throughout the country.   He co-wrote the film adaptation of this piece, Slowly, This, which was broadcast in the PBS series ALIVE TV in July/August 1995.  Mura directed "Q & A" for Theater Mu in 2007 and recently played the King in "The King and I" for the Bloomington Theater Company.  He has received a Jones Commission, a Multicultural Collaboration Grant, and a McKnight Advancement Grant for playwrighting from the Playwrights' Center.  He has also written three books of poetry, two memoirs, a novel and a book of criticism.

Elizabeth Searle's theater works have received national media attention on Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ESPN Hollywood, NPR, the AP and elsewhere.  She conceived of and wrote the script/libretti for TONYA & NANCY: THE OPERA and the full-length TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA, original theater works based on the Harding/Kerrigan skating scandal.  The opera premiered at the American Reperatory Theater's Zero Arrow, was named one of the top three new operas of 2007 by Opera Vista, was the subject of a documentary film A GOOD WHACK, and was performed in 2010 in Minneapolis (Bedlam Theater) and St. Paul, with previews on ice. The award-nominated Rock Opera premiered with Triangle Productions in 2008 and is forthcoming in a new production in LA.  Elizabeth is also the author of three books of fiction; her novella, CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE, is in production as a short film from Bravo Sierra Motion Pictures, with script co-written by Elizabeth.  She has taught script-writing at writers' conferences including the Boston Globe's Media Matters.