B.S., Boston University; M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Coen is the Director for Writing for the Screen and Stage Program. His professional and academic career bridges theater, television and film disciplines with an emphasis on play & scriptwriting. A former stage actor and director, his writing credits include Co-Executive Producer titles on the prime-time drama series “Bones” and “JAG” and an Off-Broadway production of his play “Sympathy”. He previously taught screenwriting and film analysis courses at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
Dana Coen is the Director of the Writing for the Screen and Stage program. His course load presently includes Introduction to Writing for the Screen and Stage, Writing the Short Film, Writing the Feature Film I and II and Intermediate Screenwriting. He is the creator and supervisor of the First Annual Writing for the Screen and Stage One Act Festival to be presented in the fall of 2011 and the IAH funded “Activated Art” theatre event in to be staged at The Ackland Museum in February of 2012. He is also the script advisor for two full-dome shows being developed by the Morehead Planetarium.
His professional resume includes a variety of disciplines.
He has written extensively for TELEVISION, most recently as Co-Executive Producer of the Fox primetime series BONES. Prior to that, he was Co-Executive Producer on the CBS primetime series JAG, where he spent eight seasons. Other credits include a comedy development deal for Walt Disney Studios, Story Editor on ROOM FOR TWO, starring Linda Lavin and Patricia Heaton, Staff Writer on CAROL AND COMPANY, starring Carol Burnett and episodes of NCIS, GENERAL HOSPITAL and THE WONDER YEARS. Dana has written PILOT SCRIPTS for ABC, NBC, FOX, Paramount Television and MCA/Universal Television. Awards include the 2003 Jewish Image Award for his JAG episode “The Promised Land” and the 1999 Templeton Prize for his JAG episode “Second Sight”.
As a PLAYWRIGHT, his produced work includes INTERNAL BLEEDING, an evening of one-act plays, presented at Los Angeles’ Pacific Resident Theatre, TINKLE TIME, starring Howard Hesseman, Harry Shearer and Luke Wilson at Showtimes’s Act One Festival in Los Angeles, BUNCHES OF BETTY at the West End Playhouse in Los Angeles and SYMPATHY, produced Off-Broadway at The Manhattan Punchline Theatre and in Los Angeles at The Burbank Theatre Guild.
As a SCREENWRITER, he is the author of five original screenplays, including “Downriver,” which was read as part of the UNC Process Series in 2009.
As a STAGE DIRECTOR he has mounted original works and revivals in New York and regional theatres across the country, including live industrial presentations for clients such as JVC Electronics and The Cable Television Industry.
During an eight year ACTING career, Dana worked extensively in New York, regionally and on the road, performing opposite actors such as Jill Clayburgh and John Raitt.
Prior to his appointment at UNC, he taught screenwriting and film analysis courses in The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange, California and created and taught a “Mastering Dialogue” workshop at the UCLA Extension.
His education includes a Masters of Fine Arts in Playwriting from University of California, Los Angeles and an undergraduate degree in Broadcasting and Film from the Boson University School of Public Communications, where he was Class President.