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Lecturer
Writing for Screen and Stage
202 Swain Hall
Curriculum Vitae
macosta@email.unc.edu

Ed.S., Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. (Educational Leadership), MFA, National University, San Diego California (Creative Writing/Screenwriting), BA (cum laud) National University (English), Music (Theory & Harmony), Naval School of Music, Little Creek, Va.

Michael has had a diverse career beginning as a musician and traveling the globe primarily as a jazz tenor saxophonist.  After a short stint in a NATO ceremonial band, where he was able to play with the Russian Central Military Band of the Ministry of Defense, he traveled to and lived in West Africa and South America in the public relations musical unit La Banda Unitas. Later he lived in the South Pacific and had the opportunity to play or sit in with with top shelf acts like: The Brecker Bros., Mike Stern, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Dazz Band, OJ’s, and David Sanborn’s band. He ended his military music career at the illustrious Unites States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. There he had the distinct opportunity to play with George Clinton (parliament/Funkadelic) and James Brown. In 2011 he wrote and produced the jazz album, “I Feel Your Love,” with M4B Jazz that featured the legendary Tom Browne and Fred Wesley. He has done the musical scores for feature films “Hatchet County,” “UFO/UAP Symposium,” “Stuck,” and “Devolve Babylon.” He continues to play today and has just recently been a guest artist with the legendary rock band The Box Tops.

He began his writing career in LA doing re-write work for independent films and eventually having the opportunity to be involved in films produced by the mini major Morgan Creek. He was executive producer on the independent films “Bombshell Bloodbath,” “Hatchet County,” and “Children of the Hunt.” He wrote, directed, and produced UFO/UAP Symposium and the art film “Devolve Babylon,” where he received a best film and best actor nomination. He is currently in the third year of production on a documentary film exploring the correlation between poverty and advanced education, as well as writer – producer of a horror film going into production Spring of 2017 in Canada. Mike has had several of his scripts optioned and had his sci-fi novel, “The Virus Chronicles:The Culling” published  in December of 2015. Michael has been a film critic for the News Blaze and had several short stories published. He is currently working on the second installment of his Virus Chronicles series and writing a practical guide to screenwriting. He continues to write screenplays and produce film.

Michael’s travels have informed his zeitgeist in a truly global way, as he has traveled to over 70 different countries on 6 continents. He is a member of the Ancient Order of the Shellback and the Blue Nose Society. A true ethnographic researcher, being in the mix on foreign soil has provided a surplus of material for his imagination, which he brings to bear when he writes. He has taught English composition, rhetoric, creative writing, and screenwriting at Durham Tech, Piedmont Community College, and Piedmont Film School. He taught Advanced Screenwriting at Southern New Hampshire University Graduate School in Manchester, New Hampshire, as well as seminars at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Currently pursuing a doctorate in education, he has a passion for inculcating writers with the skills necessary to craft fine stories and affect the larger world around them, while pursuing their dreams. After traveling and consistently practicing creative expression over diverse canvases, he hopes to appropriately attain the sobriquet of a true Renaissance Man.