Alumni: Michael Birnbaum

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Mickey Birnbaum is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. He’s written screenplays for Universal, Paramount,
Columbia/Sony, Interscope, Warner Brothers, and Leonardo di Caprio’s Appian Way Productions. He wrote The Tie that Binds for
Interscope/Hollywood Pictures, and his screenplay Used Guys is in development with Ben Stiller and Twentieth-Century Fox. He recently collaborated with director Steven Shainberg (Secretary, Fur) on the film The Big Shoe, to be released in 2015. His stage play Big Death & Little Death inaugurated Woolly Mammoth’s new Washington D.C. theatre. It has been produced subsequently around the country. The play was nominated for a Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, and was a PEN USA Literary Awards Finalist. Mickey is a founding member of Dog Ear, a Los Angeles collective of nationally-renowned playwrights. He is also currently a professor at Santa Monica College.