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Robert Reeves
Associate Provost, Southampton Graduate Arts Campus

As Associate Provost of Southampton Graduate Arts Campus, Robert Reeves leads the development and expansion of graduate education in Creative Writing, Theatre, Film, and Visual Arts at Stony Brook Southampton.

After joining the English Department Faculty in 2006, Reeves founded the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing and Literature and presided over the program’s dramatic growth.  He recruited the nation’s premier creative writing faculty, expanded the prestigious Summer Writers Conference across a range of creative disciplines, and established the award-winning national literary and arts journal, TSR: The Southampton Review.  He has also extended the program’s reach to a flourishing graduate presence at Stony Brook Manhattan, to international locations, including Florence and Stony Brook’s Turkana Basin Institute, Kenya, and to arts educations programs important to the community, such as the Young American Writers Project (YAWP).  In 2012, the Southampton campus will launch an honors program for undergraduates in creative arts, Semesters by the Sea.

Reeves is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, as well as screenplays, short fiction, essays, and literary criticism.  He had taught at Harvard and Princeton, and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Harvard University. He is married to Beth Reeves and has a college-age son, Evan.  

Contact Information:

Chancellors Hall, Associate Provost’s Office
Stony Brook Southampton
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968
Telephone: 631-632-5028
Fax: 631-632-2576
Robert.Reeves@stonybrook.edu


Carla Caglioti    
carlaExecutive Director, Southampton Graduate Arts Campus,
Interim Co-Director, Creative Writing and Literature


Carla Caglioti is the Executive Director of Southampton Graduate Arts and founding Associate Director of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Writing and Literature. She is also an Assistant Dean at Stony Brook Southampton. Caglioti has a Bachelor's in English Literature and Writing, a Master's in English Education, and a doctorate in English Literature. Her dissertation focused on the rise of the field of creative writing in higher education. Her work has appeared in The Scrub Oak Review, Proteus, Letters from Ninevah and The Southampton Review.

Contact Information:

Chancellors Hall, Room 238
Stony Brook Southampton
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968
Telephone: 631-632-5016
Fax: 631-632-2576
Carla.Caglioti@stonybrook.edu



Margaret S. Grigonis
Departmental Coordinator, Creative Writing and Film

Peggy Grigonis obtained her undergraduate degree in Education/English from SUNY Plattsburgh, and her MA/LS from SUNY Stony Brook. Though not published, she dabbles in memoirs and poetry. A former farmer and preschool administrator, she lives out on the beautiful North Fork, enjoying the amenities and rich culture of her community: farm stands, aquaculture, wineries, jazz festivals, and beach combing.

Contact Information:

Chancellors Hall, Associate Provost’s Office
Stony Brook Southampton
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, NY 11968
Telephone: 631-632-5028
Fax: 631-632-2576
margaret.grigonis@stonybrook.edu

 

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Academic Programs

 

Creative Writing and Literature

Interim Co-Director Lou Ann Walker's book, A Loss for Words, a memoir, won a Christopher Award. Her other books include Hand, Heart & Mind. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Life, Allure, Parade, The Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times Book Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Writer, and The Hopewell Review. Formerly an editor at Esquire and New York Magazine, Walker has lectured on writing at Smith College and Yale University, and taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Southampton College, and Columbia University. The author of several screenplays, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

louann.walker@stonybrook.edu

CWL Program Information

Film

Christine Vachon
Producer, Co-Founder, Killer Films

Christine Vachon has produced over seventy films in less than twenty years, including Far from Heaven (four Academy Award nominations), Boys Don’t Cry (Academy Award Winner), and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Sundance Film Festival). Killer Films executive produced the Todd Haynes miniseries, Mildred Pierce (featuring Kate Winslet), for HBO. In 2011 Killer Films partnered with Moxie Pictures to create the talent management firm KillerMoxie Management. The company has offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Christine has been a Jury Member of the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the Sundance Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and the Sarajevo Film Festival. She has been awarded an Emmy, the National Board of Review Producers Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, and the Provincetown International Film Festival Filmmaker on the Edge Award.

 

Magdalene Brandeis
Associate Director, Graduate Program in Digital Filmmaking

Magdalene Brandeis is a producer, novelist, director of Manhattan Programming, and visiting assistant professor in Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA Program. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Filmmaking. She teaches writing and filmmaking, curates the Manhattan Writers Speak series with editor Daniel Menaker, and she created “Bob's Writing Shack,” the program's YouTube Channel. Formerly a development assistant at various studios, she has translated and adapted French films and produced television series for ABC, AMC, Bravo, and MTV. Her novel, Stone Fruit, has been excerpted in The East Hampton Star and TSR: The Southampton Review. Her memoir, A Reader of Signs, has been excerpted in TSR: The Southampton Review. She holds a BA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and an MFA in Writing and Literature from Stony Brook Southampton.

Contact Information:

Magdalene.Brandeis@stonybrook.edu

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TV

Alan Kingsberg received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where his film Minors won an Academy Award as the top student film in the US. His television work includes writing the ACE Award-winning documentary Buy Me That for HBO, and writing and producing the BAFTA-nominated animated series Cubix for FOX. Kingsberg has also written for Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and kids' classics like Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Shining Time Station and Doug. He was a showrunner on five animated series for Fox, The CW and Cartoon Network, including the hits Cubix, Pokemon Chronicles and Winx Club. He has written or produced over 250 half-hours of television for major broadcast and cable networks and has written feature films for Disney and Universal Pictures. He is currently writing on a new Netflix Original animated series.

alan.kingsberg@stonybrook.edu

TV Program information

Audio Podcast

Kathleen Russo produces the podcast/radio show Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin (a Stony Brook/Southampton and WNYC production). Past credits include: two movies with academy award winning director Steven Soderbergh (Gray’s Anatomy, And Everything Is Going Fine) and an Obie-award winning play called Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell.

Kathleen.Russo@Stonybrook.edu

Podcast Program Information

BookEnds
Susan Scarf Merrell is program director of BookEnds, director of the Southampton Writers Conference and a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. She is the author, most recently, of SHIRLEY: A Novel, which was selected as one of the top fifty novels of the year by The Washington Post.

Merrell is also author of The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships and the novel A Member of the Family. Recent articles, reviews and short stories appear in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, FifthWednesday, and on the websites Electric Literature and The Common Online.

Susan.Merrell@stonybrook.edu

Bookends Program Information

Summer & Special Programs

Christian McLean
Director of Summer and Special Programs

Christian McLean is the Director of Summer and Special Programs and the founding Director of the MFA's International Writing Workshops in Italy and Kenya. His fiction has been published in Scores Anthology, Our Story and The Southampton Review. His poetry has been featured in a collaborative work at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Museum (Dundee, Scotland). He is the author of Duckhampton and is the recipient of the New York Press Association's award for Best Sports Feature of 2016.

 

Writers Conference

Susan Scarf Merrell is Director of the Southampton Writers Conference and a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. She is the author, most recently, of SHIRLEY: A Novel, which was selected as one of the top fifty novels of the year by The Washington Post and has been optioned by HBO.

Merrell is also author of The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships and the novel A Member of the Family. Recent articles, reviews and short stories appear in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, FifthWednesday, and on the websites Electric Literature and The Common Online.

Susan.Merrell@stonybrook.edu

 

Children's Literature Conference

Emma Walton Hamilton is a theater professional and arts educator, as well as a best-selling author and editor. Currently, Walton Hamilton is the YAWP Executive Director and a Director/Creator of Stony Brook Southampton's Summer Playwriting Conference. As a co-founder of Bay Street, she served as the Theatre's Co-Artistic Director for thirteen years. Until 2008 she was Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences, and spearheaded the Young Playwrights Program in area schools, as well as Kidstreet, the Theatre's performance series for young audiences. Walton Hamilton has written 16 children's books in partnership with her mother, actress Julie Andrews, and serves as Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection publishing program. Her latest book, a solo venture, is entitled Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment.

emma.waltonhamilton@stonybrook.edu

 

Theatre Conference

Stephen Hamilton

Producer, actor, director, and teacher, Hamilton co-founded Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, with his wife, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Sybil Christopher in 1991. In his seventeen years as Executive Director of Bay Street, Steve oversaw over 50 productions including Jon Robin Baitz’ adaptation of Hedda Gabler (Tony nomination, Kate Burton), Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (Julie Andrews’ directorial debut and National Tour). Other new plays under his tenure included work from Jon Robin Baitz Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, Cynthia Ozick, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Chris Durang, Rick Dresser, and Diane Paulus.
In 2015, Steve directed All My Sons at the John Drew Theatre featuring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf. In 2001, he directed the world premiere of Ira Lewis’ Gross Points, starring Alec Baldwin, at Bay Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Neil LaBute’s The Furies at 59 E.59th Street, Yasmina Reza’s Art at the John Drew Theatre in 2006, and Quack Theatrics production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at the Stephen Talkhouse in 2001. Also: Uncle Vanya, The Cripple of Inishmaan, RED, all at JDT.

Prior to Bay Street, Steve performed extensively as an actor in film, television, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Capitol Rep, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

A teacher for over 20 years, Steve also serves as a faculty member of Southampton Arts, and maintains a private coaching practice in his studio in Sag Harbor. He is married to author/educator and Bay Street co-founder Emma Walton Hamilton, and the couple live year-round in Sag Harbor, NY. They have two children, Sam and Hope. 

Stephen.hamilton@stonybrook.edu

 

YAWP

Emma Walton Hamilton
Executive Director, Young American Writers Project (YAWP)
Emma Walton Hamilton is a theater professional and arts educator, as well as a best-selling author and editor. Currently, Walton Hamilton is the YAWP Executive Director and a Director/Creator of Stony Brook Southampton's Summer Playwriting Conference. As a co-founder of Bay Street, she served as the Theatre's Co-Artistic Director for thirteen years. Until 2008 she was Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences, and spearheaded the Young Playwrights Program in area schools, as well as Kidstreet, the Theatre's performance series for young audiences. Walton Hamilton has written 16 children's books in partnership with her mother, actress Julie Andrews, and serves as Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection publishing program. Her latest book, a solo venture, is entitled Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment.
For a full list of YAWP faculty, click here.

Contact Information:

emma.waltonhamilton@stonybrook.edu

Program Information

Manhattan Track
 

Magdalene Brandeis
Associate Director, Graduate Program in Digital Filmmaking
Faculty Coordinator, Manhattan

Magdalene Brandeis is a producer, novelist, director of Manhattan Programming, and visiting assistant professor in Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA Program. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Filmmaking. She teaches writing and filmmaking, curates the Manhattan Writers Speak series with editor Daniel Menaker, and she created “Bob's Writing Shack,” the program's YouTube Channel. Formerly a development assistant at various studios, she has translated and adapted French films and produced television series for ABC, AMC, Bravo, and MTV. Her novel, Stone Fruit, has been excerpted in The East Hampton Star and TSR: The Southampton Review. Her memoir, A Reader of Signs, has been excerpted in TSR: The Southampton Review. She holds a BA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and an MFA in Writing and Literature from Stony Brook Southampton.

Contact Information:

Magdalene.Brandeis@stonybrook.edu

Program Information

TSR: The Southampton Review

 Managing Editor Emily Smith Gilbert’s short fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in CONSEQUENCE Online, The Greensboro ReviewTSR: The Southampton Review, and the Waterhouse Review, among others. She has a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton.

Emily.Gilbert@stonybrook.edu

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Advancement

Kathleen Russo produces the podcast/radio show Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin (a Stony Brook/Southampton and WNYC production). Past credits include: two movies with academy award winning director Steven Soderbergh (Gray’s Anatomy, And Everything Is Going Fine) and an Obie-award winning play called Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell.

Kathleen.Russo@stonybrook.edu

 

Stephen Hamilton

Producer, actor, director, and teacher, Hamilton co-founded Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, with his wife, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Sybil Christopher in 1991. In his seventeen years as Executive Director of Bay Street, Steve oversaw over 50 productions including Jon Robin Baitz’ adaptation of Hedda Gabler (Tony nomination, Kate Burton), Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (Julie Andrews’ directorial debut and National Tour). Other new plays under his tenure included work from Jon Robin Baitz Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, Cynthia Ozick, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Chris Durang, Rick Dresser, and Diane Paulus.
In 2015, Steve directed All My Sons at the John Drew Theatre featuring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf. In 2001, he directed the world premiere of Ira Lewis’ Gross Points, starring Alec Baldwin, at Bay Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Neil LaBute’s The Furies at 59 E.59th Street, Yasmina Reza’s Art at the John Drew Theatre in 2006, and Quack Theatrics production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at the Stephen Talkhouse in 2001. Also: Uncle Vanya, The Cripple of Inishmaan, RED, all at JDT.

Prior to Bay Street, Steve performed extensively as an actor in film, television, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Capitol Rep, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

A teacher for over 20 years, Steve also serves as a faculty member of Southampton Arts, and maintains a private coaching practice in his studio in Sag Harbor. He is married to author/educator and Bay Street co-founder Emma Walton Hamilton, and the couple live year-round in Sag Harbor, NY. They have two children, Sam and Hope. 

Stephen.hamilton@stonybrook.edu

 

Children's Lit Fellows

Emma Walton Hamilton
Director, Children's Lit Fellows

Emma Walton Hamilton is a theater professional and arts educator, as well as a best-selling author and editor. Currently, Walton Hamilton is the YAWP Executive Director and a Director/Creator of Stony Brook Southampton's Summer Playwriting Conference. As a co-founder of Bay Street, she served as the Theatre's Co-Artistic Director for thirteen years. Until 2008 she was Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences, and spearheaded the Young Playwrights Program in area schools, as well as Kidstreet, the Theatre's performance series for young audiences. Walton Hamilton has written 16 children's books in partnership with her mother, actress Julie Andrews, and serves as Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection publishing program. Her latest book, a solo venture, is entitled Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment.

Contact Information:

emma.waltonhamilton@stonybrook.edu

 

 

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