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Michael Zam

Michael Zam

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Michael Zam, BFA/MFA, author of the Black-Listed screenplay, Best Actress, has been developed into the hugely popular and highly-acclaimed 8-part miniseries, Feud, for FX in Spring 2017, starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. He has also written scripts for DreamWorks, Plan B, and many others. Michael wrote the book for the Off-Broadway musical The Kid, based on Dan Savage’s memoir, which won the Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and the Outer Critics Circle Award.  The musical was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Awards, and GLAAD Media Awards. Michael has been honored twice with the SPS Award for Teaching Excellence. He teaches screenwriting, film, and television writing at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.

Currently Teaching

The Best Long Films Well Worth Your Time

Watch and discuss six epic films that run longer than the standard-length feature film.

Screenwriting--Visual Storytelling: From Short to Feature-Length Films

Explore the craft of screenwriting and visual storytelling.

Creating and Writing a Television Series

Learn the art and craft behind the hottest and fastest-growing area of dramatic storytelling: writing for television.

The Play's the Thing: Curtain Up on New York's Theatre Scene

Meet with theatre professionals and see five Broadway or Off-Broadway shows to learn what happens before the curtain rises and after it falls.

Advanced Television Writing

The collaborative workshop encourages students with prior TV writing or screenwriting experience to write or rewrite a script for television.

Writing Your TV Pilot

Learn tools specific to writing an original pilot, whether a network procedural, a quirky web series, or an edgy comedy for cable or streaming.

Summer Intensive in Television Writing

As an amateur or professional writer for television, take your writing project to the next level.