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Jeff Stanley
Jeffrey Stanley
Adjunct Professor



Jeffrey Stanley is a screenwriter, playwright, performance artist, director and 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar conducting research in India on early 20th century Bengali film and theatre and their impact on India’s nascent independence movement.  He is currently writing a book on the topic.  He most recently acted in the Indian feature film Manbhanjan, and his solo show Jeffrey Stanley’s Boneyards garnered national attention.  His stage play Tesla’s Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway and has gone on to national and international productions including the Edinburgh Fringe. Stanley’s award-winning short film Lady in a Box starring Sarita Choudhury has been licensed numerous times for international broadcast and distribution. He was one of 24 writers chosen from over 16,000 entrants for the first Amtrak Writers Residency, and later served as a residency judge. Stanley has appeared as a guest writer in the Washington Post, New York Times, Time Out New York, New York Press and Brooklyn Rail, and he was a senior editorial adviser to Boston University’s Center for Millennial Studies’ book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). He is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre ensemble, he has been a fellow at Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest screenwriting lecturer at the Imaginary Academy summer film and theatre workshop in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation. He is a member playwright of the invitation-only International Theatre Initiative (ITI), a UNESCO-sponsored world theatre education program. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts where he studied under playwrights David Ives and Tony Kushner, and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television Production. He currently teaches at Tisch, and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. .

MFA, Dramatic Writing, NYU Tisch School
BFA, Film & Television Production, NYU Tisch School