With major film credits ranging from Rebel Without a Cause to Top Gun, TheFilmSchool’s instructors are active industry leaders in screenwriting, directing and acting.  They are dedicated, passionate, and determined. Faculty bios include a brief video introduction that includes comments from alumni and the instructors themselves discussing their methods and how it elevates the craft of storytelling.

tom-skerritt_BxW_113x146 Tom Skerritt

While in his last year at UCLA, Tom Skerritt debuted as a film actor in WAR HUNT, an independent 1962 anti-war film that also featured New York theater actors Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack. Since then, Skerritt has appeared in more than 35 feature films, including Robert Altman’s MASH, ALIEN, TOP GUN, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE TURNING POINT and CONTACT. He is a winner of an Emmy Award for Best Actor for his role in CBS’s Picket Fences and has directed many episodic and long-form television productions.


Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald is the author of Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate, and The Golden Theme.An accomplished screenwriter and director, Brian has taught and consulted, at Pixar, Disney and Industrial Light & Magic. His films include Flickering Memories, and the award-winning short film White Face, which sold to HBO. He has also directed spots for Visa and MTV’s $5 CoverMcDonald scripted Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead, the first Hellboy spin-off comic book, as well as Lost in Space and Predator – Strange Roux for Dark Horse Comics.


Stacy Adams

Stacy Adams is a Senior Television Executive with 15 years of both Network and Studio experience. Stacy has 10 years experience producing at CBS where she managed the creative direction of drama and comedy series CSI, CSI Miami, The Big Bang Theory and Flashpoint.



Warren Etheredge

Warren Etheredge is the founder of TheWarrenReport, an influential film industry tip sheet and film fan club dedicated to the empowering notion that “smarter audiences make better movies!” Etheredge is president and head of development for Lockspring Pictures and served for six years as curator of Bumbershoot’s 1 Reel Film Festival, the nation’s best-attended celebration of short cinema. He has written and directed more than 40 plays off- and off-off-Broadway, penned five books and several short films, and written countless magazine articles on film and related topics. Warren is currently hosting the show, THE HIGH BAR.

DianaDotter_BxW_113x146Diana Dotter

Executive Director of TheFilmSchool and a senior creative leader with two decades of experience in entertainment media, marketing and business strategy. Diana Co-Produced the feature film: “Zaytoun”, which was chosen for Special Presentation at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, screened at London Film Festival and AFI and currently available on Netflix. As head of the Digital Media Innovation lab, Diana recently produced “Signs Everywhere” and “El Camino Solo” (debuting at Sun Valley, Sarasota and Champs Elysees Film Festivals).

Assi_BxW113x146Joseph Assi

Joseph Assi was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. He was able to get an education outside the camp due to the full scholarship he was given, until he finished his masters in Cinematography and Science.He taught Editing & Script development at the Academy of Arts & Sciences, Beirut. In 2010 he was chosen to be a main character in a documentary called On the Road in America.After participating in the documentary, he started making documentaries and films in the USA.After a series of Intercultural Award winning documentaries in Los Angeles, he decided to move to the Northwest and spend his time merging the power of low budget documentary-making into scripted filmmaking. He is a filmmaker and believes that art is the best form of expression to diplomatically resolve issues.

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LisaLoop_BxW_113x146Lisa Loop

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English from Whitman College, Lisa Loop started as a public affairs functionary for the federal government. She left for Hollywood and worked for studios and production companies, where she wrote everything from screenplays to novels, from movie trailers to advertising copy. Surrounded by writers, actors, filmmakers, visual artists and uninhibited entrepreneurs, Lisa realized that the creative professions were her natural milieu. She received certification from the prestigious Coaches Training Institute in order to help people illuminate their visionary maps. It’s a calling she thoroughly enjoys. She regularly blogs at: LisaLoop.com.

StanWells_BxW_113x146Stan Wells

Stan Wells began performing improvisational comedy over thirty years ago and has been teaching and directing improv for nearly as long. He is a former director of The Groundlings, has coached Conan O’Brian, Lisa Kudrow, Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh and Jeff Lewis to name a few and launched The Empty Stage in West L.A in 1991. There he directed over six hundred shows a year for over a decade, including sketch comedy, improv and one person shows. He recently moved to Seattle to be a part of the exciting creative writing and filmmaking community.

Emily Zulauf

Emily started with Pixar in 2008. She worked as the Creative Development Associate, looking for writers to match with our directors, and most recently as the Script Supervisor on INSIDE OUT.