Biography

“The older I get,
the more like myself I become.”

Bruce Gelfand returns to Los Angeles after having been away for several years, during which time he taught screenwriting at Emerson College in Boston, and in the M.F.A. program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

 

He has also taught hundreds of writing workshops and seminars in venues around the world, and has worked with literally thousands of writing students – from masters in the field to absolute beginners. His private coaching clients include CEOs, corporate trainers, Academy and Emmy-Award winning writers, directors, actors, and leaders in the worlds of politics, health, and spirituality.

 

As a writer, Bruce has over 30 years experience in theater, film, television, and publishing in both New York and Hollywood. His plays have won national playwriting awards, been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country.

 

He has written numerous feature films and movies-for-television, as well as writing and directing the feature-length documentary, “The Family Safe”.

 

He is also a writer of fiction, non-fiction, songs, and award-winning poetry. His book, “Brighter the Light, Deeper the Shadow” was published in 2004.

 

 

He co-created the online course, The Daily Muse, which continues to be an inspiration to writers around the world.

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Resume

Writing, Credits &
Professional Experience

WRITER

 

TOUCHED, Writer/Producer; TapTapTap Productions

SOMETHING TRUE, Writer; Golden Boy Productions

THE FAMILY SAFE, Writer/Director/Producer; in post-production

SUMMERLAND, Writer/Producer; IF Productions

UNDER THE LITTLE TOP; Longbow Productions

BUDDIES; Grossbart-Barnett Productions, ABC

TRUE COLORS; Mark Carliner Productions, ABC

DOTTIE, Writer/Producer; American Playhouse, PBS

MOLLY’S PILGRIM, Script Doctor, ACADEMY AWARD, Live Action Short

WHAT IF I’M GAY? Script Doctor, DAYTIME EMMY AWARD, CBS

 

Other Screenplays:

 

THE HOUSE AT OTOWI BRIDGE

RAINBOW MAN

THE PERFECT GAME

LUCKY AND GOOD (with Howard Burkons)

EVERY CIRCLE HAS A CENTER

DINNER WITH A JEWISH MOTHER

STREET PEACE (with Julian Lev)

THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

 

 

Anthology:

 

BRIGHTER THE LIGHT, DEEPER THE SHADOW

 

Novel:

 

PERMISSION

Children Stories:

“The Star That Couldnʼt Shine”

 

Plays/Stage Productions:

 

THE GLORY GLORY; Odyssey Theater; Egyptian Theater, LA.

THE CALL; FIRST PRIZE WINNER, Full-Length Competition, Festival of Emerging American Theater, Indianapolis. Also produced at Park Royal Theater, New York, NY

PREP WORK; FIRST PRIZE WINNER, One-Act Competition, Festival of Emerging American Theater, Indianapolis. Also produced at Tomi Theater, New York, NY

THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH; The Actor’s Gym, New York, NY

REMEMBER ME: AN ACTOR’S ROMANCE (with Deborah Rogin) Theater Metamorphose, Berkeley, CA.

THE PERFECT GAME; The Bare Stage, Berkeley, CA

 

Songs:

 

See: hookynook.com

Inter-Active Game:

TANK GIRL; Dialogue writer; Palantine Productions, MGM

 

DIRECTOR

 

Documentary:

 

THE FAMILY SAFE; in post-production

 

Stage Productions:

 

PREP WORK; Tomi Theater, New York, NY

THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH; The Actor’s Gym, New York, NY

THE PERFECT GAME; The Bare Stage, Berkeley, CA

 

WRITING TEACHER/COACH

 

ACADEMIC

 

Fall, 2011… Adjunct Professor, California Institute For Integral Studies (CIIS); San Francisco, CA.

Spring, 2011…Adjunct Professor, Emerson College; Boston, MA.

Spring, 2011…Adjunct Professor, California Institute For Integral Studies (CIIS); San Francisco, CA.

Spring, 2000…Guest Lecturer at the University of New Mexico

Fall, 1998…Guest Lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC)

 

ONLINE:

 

THE DAILY MUSE (thedailymuse.me); A Webinar – in 30 day modules – that I created and led for writers around the world.

WORKSHOPS/RETREATS:

For the past 20 years I have created and led writing classes, workshops and retreats in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco, Mendocino, New York, Boston, as well as in Mexico and Costa Rica.

 

PRIVATE COACHING:

 

I have had private coaching clients in every walk of life all over the world: from CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies to teenagers in prison, from senior citizens to Academy Award-winning film directors, from Emmy and Tony Award-winning writers to absolute beginners.

 

EDUCATION

 

I attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

 

OTHER SPECIAL SKILLS

 

Published, prize-winning poet

Actor; Stand-up comedian; Comedy writer

Writing samples, treatments, reviews, testimonials, references available upon request.