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Thomas Abrams, M.F.A.

Associate Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Work Phone: 213.740.3303
Office: SCA 412

Tom Abrams is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose work has been recognized in both the United States and Europe, including an Academy Award Nomination, an Emmy Award, and prizes at the Berlin, Cannes, Montreal and Karlovy, Vary Film Festivals, among others.  A working filmmaker for more than 30 years, Tom has written for Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema, Sony, and Universal Pictures. His most recently produced projects are the family comedy, TOTALLY BOSS (2023), the WWII spy thriller O-2: DAWN OF WAR (2020), the horror film NAILS (2017), and the historical drama THE ETERNAL ROAD (2017). Tom was also the supervising story consultant on THE PAINTED BIRD, which was short listed for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2020 Academy Awards. Tom’s latest project is THE LAST TRAIN FROM PRAGUE (2023)an historical English-language mini-series to be produced in the Czech Republic.

Tom has worked as a screenwriter and consultant in more than 20 countries around the world. He was a founding tutor for ‘North By Northwest’  an acclaimed European film development workshop (1995-2005), and Co-Head of Studies for ‘ScriptEast ‘ (2006–2022) a development workshop for films from Eastern and Central Europe. He was also co-founder of the screenwriting program at Shanghai Tech University. Tom is a tenured professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where he has taught screenwriting and directing since 1990.