James Ryan, has written screenplays for Disney, Warner Bros., and Spring Creek Productions. For television, he wrote for THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD. He wrote and directed THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE MONSOON, a feature film, which had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It won the Gold Medal, Jury Prize, and Best Screenplay Award at the Wine Country Film Festival and the Best Actress Award at the AFI Low Angeles International Film Festival. His plays have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theater, and O'Neill Theater Center, among other venues across the country. His book, Screenwriting from the Heart, is published by Billboard books, and his plays are published by Dramatist Play Service and Samuel French. He is the recipient of Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Drama League Award; he served a McKnight Fellowship at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and residencies at Yaddo and the Millay Colony. He began his career as an actor, created roles in new plays by John Patrick Shanley and Eduardo Machado, and appeared in the films FIVE CORNERS, FALLING IN LOVE, and JOE VS. THE VOLCANO. He is Adjunct Professor of Playwriting at the Actors Studio School of Drama, New School University.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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