" /> Bio - David E. Tolchinsky

David E. Tolchinsky is the Founder/Co-Director of Northwestern University's MFA in Writing for Screen+Stage.  As a screenwriter, his feature film Girl is distributed on iTunes and Amazon Instant, and has been seen internationally. He has been commissioned by such studios as Touchstone/Disney, MGM, Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures, USA Networks, Edward R. Pressman Film Corp, and Addis-Wechsler & Assoc./Industry Entertainment to write feature screenplays. He is the author of original screenplays such as The Last Crash and Reflections on a Teenage Anti-Christ featured in a New York Times article about home offices. Some of his work centers on teen subcultures such as heavy-metal fans, Florida surfer teens, teen groupies, and female football players, particularly in relation to social decay. He is also interested in mental illness and the figure of the psychiatrist. Increasingly, he’s been writing about health and illness in the modern world, especially illnesses that are not easily explainable. As a sound designer, he has designed the sound for interactive computer environments and video installations which have been exhibited internationally. In 2003, he was nominated for a Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild Golden Reel Award for his sound design for Dolly. In 2008, he was appointed as a Northwestern University Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. In 2009, he cocurated The Horror Show at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in New York City which explored horror in film, video, installation, photography, sculpture and painting and which was featured as a The Village Voice "Voice Choice for Art" and on their blog, and which was accompanied by a 32-page catalog. In 2011, he co-produced Debra Tolchinsky's feature documentary, Fast Talk which investigates the accelerated speed of argumentation in college debate, is available on iTunes and Amazon instant, was named best documentary at the LA Femme International Film Festival, best documentary feature at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, was the subject of a symposium at the Supreme Court Institute and has been discussed in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, the National Law Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Onion A.V. Club. Recently, he published "Where's the Rest of Me?" a reflective humor piece about Spalding Gray in Paraphilia Magazine and cocurated The Presence of Absence sponsored by the Contemporary Arts Council at Hairpin Arts Center, chosen by Chicago Magazine as one of the "16 best art gallery shows to see now in Chicago" and described in The Huffington Post as "The space is gorgeous, the art solid, challenging, yet accessible. This is a wonderfully odd, powerful, thoughtful show" and in The Chicago Tribune as "a remarkable group exhibition" and  "a rich viewing experience and also a rare one." He was also ranked #14 on New City's Film 50 2013: Chicago’s Screen Gemswas the recipient of a 2014 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Literature (Poetry, Prose, Scriptworks) and was voted Best Director for the New York production of his play, Where's the Rest of Me? (which was nominated for Best Play and chosen to be included in the anthology, The Best Plays from the Strawberry One-Act Festival Vol. 8). Most recently, his play Clear was published in Issue 3 2015 of Proscenium Journal, he was No. 8 on New City's Film 50 2015: Chicago’s Screen Gems, co-curated Sick by Seven (seven plays/films about mental health in the modern world) at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago as part of its Incubator Series, and was no. 7 on New City's Film 50 2017: Chicago Screen Gems. The film he produced, Creature Companion, directed by Melika Bass, received a Special Mention of the International Jury at the 2018 Oberhausen Film Festival Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and. and screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of BAMCinemaFest. His students (just to name a few) have included Dave Holstein (staff writer, the Brink among others), Jen Spyra (staff writer, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Eoghan O'Donnell  (creator of The CWs The Messengers among others),Marisha Mukerjee (staff writer, Heroes Reborn among others), Sarah Gubbins (playwright, The Kid Thing and Cocked and TV writer/showrunner, Amazon Prime's I Love Dick), Erik Gernand (playwright, The Beautiful Dark), Andy Miara (former head writer, The Onion News Network)), J. Ryan Stradal (author of the New York Times best selling novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest), Ethan Kass (staff writer, TNT's Murder in the First), Jenny Hagel (staff writer, Late Night with Seth Meyers); Chris Bruss (head of digital content, Funny or Die); and Jordan Horowitz (producer, La La Land).  He is a graduate of Yale (BA, magna cum laude) and USC School of Cinematic Arts (MFA).