Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Scriptwriting Faculty

Faculty List


Tom Coash is a playwright, producer, director, dramaturg, and teacher. Coash has won numerous playwriting awards, including awards from the American Theatre Critics Association, the Clauder Competition, the Edgerton Foundation, and the Kennedy Center. Coash is a new play specialist and has worked in the literary offices of such well known new play theaters as Actors Theatre of Louisville and Manhattan Theater Club. He has produced and consulted with new play festivals around the world. He loves teaching and has taught script writing at all levels from young beginner to university to professional as well as conducting numerous international workshops. 

David Anthony Durham, author or multiple acclaimed novels, worked for HBO on one of the spinoff shows of George RR Martin's Game of Thrones. He also partnered with another Hollywood production company on a TV treatment of a different epic fantasy series. He developed and taught screenwriting courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, and he's currently writing TV/film script adaptations of several of his own novels. 

Jeni Mahoney is a playwright, teacher, artistic director and dramaturg with a special interest in the development of new work. She is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, where she has supported the development of more than 200 new plays since 2001. She also served as Head of Playwriting at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, a studio of NYU Tisch’s undergrad drama program for ten years. Other teaching credits include Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater, online courses for Primary Stages Einhorn Performing Arts School and various guest teaching/artist positions around the country. Her work with new plays is featured in Michael Wright's 2005 book “Playwriting: At Work and Play” and can be found in The Dramatists Magazine, Stage Directions, Idaho Arts Quarterly and on Howlround. Jeni serves on the Board of the Trustees for the National Theatre Conference and is an inductee in the Indie Theater Hall of Fame, where she was named one of the 2014 People of the Year. More information about Jeni and her work can be found at:

Elizabeth Searle writes scripts and fiction.  Her original theater piece, Tonya & Nancy: the Rock Opera has been widely produced- including in Boston, Chicago and New York- and has drawn national and international media.  Elizabeth is the author of five books of fiction.  Elizabeth’s film script A Four-Sided Bed, based on her own novel, is being developed as a feature film and the script has won multiple awards in 2019 and 2020.  A short film, Four-Sided, based on the novel, has screened at 2019 Festivals in Cannes, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and more.  Her novella Celebrities in Disgrace was also produced as a short film.  Elizabeth’s one-act play, Stolen Girl Song, was performed off Off-Broadway in 2019.  Her chamber opera Tonya & Nancy: the Opera has been produced multiple times.  The most recent production of Elizabeth’s rock opera, in 2020, starred Broadway icon Andrea McArdle (the original ANNIE).  The show has a CD from Broadway Records.  The rock opera has drawn major media coverage, including ESPN Hollywood, MSNBC, CNN,, the AP, Good Morning America, NPR. and more.  

Ron Currie Jr. is an acclaimed fiction writer who has created and/or helped develop and write television projects for AMC Studios, Apple, and ITV.  Currie is the author of the novels Everything MattersFlimsy Little Plastic MiraclesThe One-Eyed Man, and the short story collection God is Dead. His writing has won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Pushcart Prize. His books have been translated into fifteen languages, and his nonfiction and criticism have been published in the New York Times, the Believer, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Maine.