The Filmmakers' Workshop serves a specially curated group of film and TV writers each year. We focus on fresh, ambitious work and prepare writers for success in a competitive industry. 


Our tailored, process-oriented approach mirrors our celebrated development of new plays and musicals. Early-career screenwriters and TV writers engage in one-on-one feedback sessions with professional mentors, panel discussions, screenings, developmental readings, and production discussions all designed to bring each script and project closer to completion. 


Applications for 2020-21 are now closed. Applicants will be notified in June. 

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"As a Black woman who came to Hollywood with no family connections to the business, I have great respect for what New York Stage & Film offers. 

Imagine a workshop that offers a unique opportunity for diverse filmmakers to spend with directors, writers, and producers  who’ve succeeded in the business.  Not a single meeting, but multiple meetings, in-depth notes on their material, talented New York theater actors to perform their scripts at a table read, and almost more importantly, the chance to make a real connection with someone who can help them in their career." 


Shelby Stone, 2019 Mentor, President of Production, Freedom Road Productions

"NYSAF's Filmmmakers' Workshop is one of the best opportunities available to developing writers. A truly supportive and creative environment for writers to find their voice."


Richard LaGravenese, 2018 Mentor, Writer/Director,

The Last Five Years, Behind the Candelabra 

"The NYSAF Workshop was a huge turning point for me because it was the first time I was immersed in such a diverse and supportive group of fellow writers! ... What the Workshop provides is an opportunity to build a day-one writer's family. That is rare and invaluable, especially so early in your career."


Azia Squire, 2017 Filmmakers' Workshop, Writer,

Rocketeer (Disney), First Ladies (Showtime/Lionsgate)


top industry participants serve as mentors, lead master classes, and host panel discussions.

Marilyn Agrelo

Joshua Astrachan

Kevin Bacon

Stephen Belber

Kyle Bradstreet

Anthony Bregman

Keith Bunin

Anne Carey

Thomas Carter

Luis Castro

Rebecca Choi

Miranda de Pencier

Bash Doran

Griffin Dunne

Laura Eason

Grace Edwards

Shani Geva

Melissa Gibson

Geoffrey Gilmore

Jessica Goldberg

William Goldberg

Tony Goldwyn

Bingo Gubelmann

Jenny Halper

Zach Helm

Michael Hoffman

Soo Hugh

Tom Hulce

Kim Jose

Rajiv Joseph

Toni Kalem

Jason Katims

Richard LaGravenese

Andrew Marcus

Riva Marker

Mia Mask

Mary Stuart Masterson

Max Mayer

Paula Mazur

Lillah McCarthy

Scott McGehee

Bill Migliore

Rebecca Miller

Rob Morrow

Ekwa Msangi

Geoffrey Nauffts

Michael Nozik

Ken Olin

Frank Pugliese

Josh Radnor

Jacquelyn Reingold

Amy Robinson

Julie Rottenberg

Kent Sanderson

Peter Saraf

Kyra Sedgwick

John Patrick Shanley

David Siegel

Diana Son

Tim Squyres

Shelby Stone

Charlie Stratton

Jon Tenney

Bryan Unkeless

Leslie Urdang

Suzanne Weinert

Jennifer Westfeldt

Matt Williams

Stu Zicherman

Maria Zuckerman

Elisa Zuritsky


Nichole Abshire

Kevin Armento

Brooke Berman

Jonathan Bird

Jaki Bradley

Maria Agui Carter

Damon Colquhoun

Michael Cooke

Melody Cooper

Jed Cowley

Adam Curley

Danielle Davenport

Sachin Dharwadker

Daracy Fowler

Avra Fox-Lerner

Kyle Fried

Jonterri Gadson

James Gallagher

Bat-Sheva Guez

Lukas Hassel

Olga Humphrey

Tori Larsen

Ana Lazarevic

Josh Liveright

Nolan Lynch

Abigail Mangin

Mozhan Marnó

Jabari McDonald

Charlie McNamara

Denise Meyers

B. Monet

Caitlan Moore

Heidi Neurauter

Tyler Nilson

Samuel Nozik

Maya Perez

Ashley Pishock

Jay Riedl

April Rouveyrol

Robin Rose Singer

Azia Squire

Syd Stewart

Shawn Wines

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