Craig Thornton

New York, United States

Member Since: 11/04/2012

Craig Thornton studied dramatic writing at New York University (BFA), American Film Institute and Godard College (MFA).  His first play Yoo-Hoo Sheila  was produced in New York City.  Subsequent productions or staged readings have occurred in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Kenosha, WI, Bangor ME, and upstate New York: Watertown, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY. His docudrama In My Shoes, true stories of teenagers whose parents were actively deployed in conflict in the Middle East, was featured in a national story on CNN and referenced in a congressional study on military communities. Several of his plays have been finalists in nationally recognized playwriting contests, most notably, The High Cost of Heating, which was the silver prize winner at the Yale Drama Series Prize in 2015. He is a former artist in residence at Empire State College, a MacDowell Fellowship recipient and currently teaches screenwriting at Syracuse University.


Twitter Username: @craigstodolist


  • Yale Drama Series Prize - Runner Up(2015)
  • New York State Broadcasters Award(2018)
  • New York State Broadcasters Award(2017)
  • AP Award(2018)


  • Production Manager/Web Writer/Journalist at WWNY TV (June 2003 - March 2019)
  • Adjunct Professor at Newhouse School Syracuse University (August 2016 - )


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television from New York University (June 1986)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from Goddard College (January 2010)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting