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Marc Lapadula

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Marc Lapadula, playwright and screenwriter, is an award-winning film producer and university lecturer. As Senior Lecturer at Yale University in The Film Studies Program, he has taught screenwriting seminars since 1992. His stage plays, including StripHer, Not by Name, Two Shakes, Men Like Us, Last Order, The Rains Change, Serial Killer, and In Uniform Thanksgiving, have been produced in New York (off-Broadway), England, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Iowa. Marc also has had several original screenplays commissioned or optioned, including Distant Influence, Night Bloom, At Risk as well as screen adaptations of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog and Miguel de Unamuno’s Saint Emmanuel the Good, Martyr. He produced Angel Passing, starring Hume Cronyn and Teresa Wright, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won, among other awards, the grand prize at WorldFest Houston. He also co-produced the film Mentor, starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) that premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival. Former students have written highly successful and/or critically-acclaimed scripts for films such as (500) Days of Summer (2009), The Hangover (2009), 30 Minutes Or Less (2011), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), The Break-Up (2006), The Spectacular Now (2013), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), Anamorph, Expendables 3, The Wedding Ringer, The Sisterhood of Night, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Paper Towns and Bride Wars. Marc's students have also scripted award-winning teleplays for television: Family Guy (1999 - ), Law & Order: SVU (1999 - ), Scrubs (2001 - 2010), The Agency, Hannibal (2013 - 2015), Believe, The Last Resort, Benched and other shows.

In addition to Yale University, Marc taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis courses at Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania (where he created and ran both Universities' screenwriting programs), and Columbia University Graduate Film School, and he led the Screenwriting Series at the Smithsonian Institution. He has been a consultant for film producers and studios, including New Line Films and has been an expert script analyst in major Hollywood lawsuits. Marc also taught public speaking to New York City Police Officers, Fire Personnel and Correctional Officials at The Johns Jay College of Criminal Justice. Marc was a co-creator of the card games MVP Sportscards Baseball and MVP Sportscards Football. In addition to teaching and writing, Marc lectures on films' analytical and historical significance across the country for One Day University, IvyConnect, General Electric, Wells Fargo, The Vanguard Group and others. He graduated cum laude with a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, studied Irish and English Drama at Oxford University, received his M.A. from Malcolm Bradbury’s Creative Writing Workshop at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and earned an MFA in playwriting from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


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