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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 writer and director in both film and television. He instructs graduate and undergraduate students in the practice of screenwriting and directing.

As a writer, Abrams shared a 1992 Emmy Award for the children's television series, Rugrats. His short film Shoeshine (1987) was nominated for an Academy Award and received the Montreal World Film Festival first prize. Performance Pieces (1989) won a special award at that year's Cannes International Film Festival. His other projects include The Desperate Trail (1995) for TNT, Conversations With The Beast (1995, co-written with Armin Mueller-Stahl), The American Princess (2000) for New Line Cinema, The Captain’s Wife for Fox 2000, Have Gun Will Travel for Warner Bros and The Battle of Ono for Executive Producer John Woo at Universal.

For the last 15 years, Abrams has taught filmmaking internationally and consulted on projects in more than 20 countries.