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CHRISTOPHER THORNTON

P.O. Box 19282

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Home: 971-4-368-3435

Mobile: 971-50-394-8083

E-mail: cthornton.nl@gmail.com



EDUCATION
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

MFA in Theater/Playwriting

Workshop in adaptation with Edward Albee

One-year directing workshop with David Wheeler, American Repertory Theater


University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

BA in English/Creative Writing

Iowa Writer’s Workshop (undergraduate fiction workshop and directed studies in nonfiction)

Phi Beta Kappa Society



TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Zayed University, Department of English and Writing Studies, Department of Media and Communication Sciences, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Lecturer, 8/05 to present.

Teach courses in drama, scriptwriting, expository writing, and writing courses for various forms of media. Also contribute to curriculum planning and the development of assessment materials.
SAE Institute, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Lecturer, 6/08 to 6/11.

Designed and taught workshops in screenwriting, adaptation, history of film, and storyboarding to international media and communication students.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Writing Program, Department of Media Studies, and Summer Professional Programs, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lecturer, 2/88 to 12/99. Taught advanced expository writing and designed and conducted a one-week summer workshop in screenwriting.

Designed a writing curriculum and supervised undergraduate writing tutors in two innovative programs for first-year students.

Co-taught film courses in the Department of Media Studies.


European Institute for International Communication, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Lecturer, 9/90 to 5/99.

Taught essay writing, screenwriting, and advanced creative writing.


CHRISTOPHER THORNTON/PG. 2
Emerson College, Divisions of Writing, Literature and Publishing; Performing Arts; and Mass Communications, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lecturer, 9/86 to 5/97.

Taught graduate and undergraduate playwriting and screenwriting, advanced creative writing, modern American drama, script analysis, theater appreciation, and Film Writing and Design. Directed independent study projects.
The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt.

Lecturer, 9/92 to 5/93.

Taught essay writing and screenwriting, advised students’ creative projects.
Emerson College European Center, Kasteel Well, The Netherlands.

Lecturer, 9/90 to 12/20.

Taught screenwriting, U.S. multicultural studies, and advanced creative writing.
Bay State Junior College, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lecturer, 1/86 to 1/87.



Taught essay writing.

LITERARY PUBLICATIONS
“Of Crosses and Minarets: Letter from Iran,” Commonweal, TBA.
“Waiting for the Next foot to Fall: Letter from Ukraine,” Commonweal, TBA.
“Letter from Lalibela: Cradle of Christianity,” Commonweal, TBA.
“Where Fact Meets Fiction: Letter from Aksum,” Commonweal, TBA.
“Lessons from a Bootstrap Economy: Letter from Addis Ababa,” Confrontation Online, posting TBA.
“Letter from Estonia: Past, Future, and Present,” Confrontation Online, posting TBA.
“Democracy at 20: Letter from Romania,” Confrontation Online, posting TBA.
“Letter from Egypt: Facing the Test of Tolerance,” Confrontation Online, posting TBA.
“The Long Shadow of S-17: Letter from Phnom Penh,” Sewanee Review, spring 2016.
“Rocking the Ghosts of Time: Letter from Ho Chi Minh City,” Sewanee Review, winter 2016.
“Prelude to Rebellion: Letter from Yemen,” Sewanee Review, fall 2015.
“The Flower of Lalibela,” Antigonish, summer 2015.

CHRISTOPHER THORNTON/PG. 3
“Dispatch from Dubai—Where Civility Rules the Road,” Storyteller, spring 2015.
“To Be or—To Be: Letter from Sarajevo,” Nth Position (U.K.), fall 2014.
“Genocide’s Deadly Cycle: Letter from Azerbaijan,” Sewanee Review, fall 2014.
“To Live and Let Live: Letter from Nepal,” Commonweal, June 9, 2014.
“At the Crossroads of Crosshairs: Letter from Lebanon,” Sewanee Review, spring 2014.
“What’s in a Name?” Ideagems, spring 2014.
“Death on the Plain,” Storyteller, spring 2014.
“The Lesson of Connaught Place: Letter from New Delhi,” Confrontation Online, posted February 2014. Also provided photos.
“Waiting for Stella,” Antigonish Review, winter 2013.
“Fly Me to the Moon,” Ideagems, winter 2013.
“Voices from the Streets,” Confrontation, fall 2013.
“Persona Non Grata: Globetrotting in the Security Age,” Confrontation Online, posted October 2013.
“The Illusion of Security—and the False Security of Illusion,” Confrontation Online, posted May 2013. Also provided photos.
“The Morning After: Letter from Dubai,” Confrontation Online, posted April 2013. Also provided photo. Reprinted in Confrontation, spring 2013.
“The View from Vali Asr,” Confrontation Online, posted March 2013. Also provided photos.
“Letter from Lisbon: West Meets East,” Confrontation Online, posted February 2013. Also provided photos.
“Letter from Dubrovnik,” Sewanee Review, winter 2012.
“Letter from Dubai: The Day After, the Way Forward,” Confrontation, fall 2012.
“A Tour of Iran: They Love Americans Here and Want You to Know It,” Atlantic Online, posted June 6, 2012.
“The Iran You Don’t See on TV” (photo essay), Atlantic Online, posted June 6, 2012.
CHRISTOPHER THORNTON/PG. 4
“Letter from Aswan,” Commonweal, April 17, 2012.
“The Persian Version,” Commonweal, March 4, 2012
“Letter from Moldova,” Commonweal, October 25, 2011.
“Night Dreams in Esfahan,” Commonweal, June 18, 2011.
“Right/Rite of Passage,” Sewanee Review, fall 2011.
“Faces of Terror,” Sewanee Review, spring 2010.
“Letter from Tehran,” Michigan Quarterly Review, winter 2010. Also contributed 10 photos, including the cover photo.
“Talking with the Enemy,” Commonweal, October 2009.
“Riding with Abdul,” Commonweal, May 2009.
“Letter from Dubai,” The American Scholar, winter 2008. Reprinted in Globalizations (essay anthology), published by Oxford University Press, 2011, and An Integrative Approach to Human Geography (essay anthology), published by University Readers.
“Letter from Cairo,” Michigan Quarterly Review, fall 2008. Also contributed the cover photo.

"Van Oord Builds the Foundation for Dubai’s Growth in the Gulf," The Gulf News, special “Netherlands” magazine supplement, June 30, 2005.

“A Border Crossing,” Sewanee Review, September 2000.


“Merrimac’s Ferry: A Landmark on the Water,” La Crosse Tribune, April 15, 2000.
“Let Your Fingers Do the Painting Like the Yellow Races,” My Life, My Way, Tokyo, Japan, June 1998.
“Wisconsin’s Flambeau River Is Scenic and Precarious,” Des Moines Register, travel section, July 7, 2007.
“Drown in Your Beer at La Crosse Oktoberfest,’ La Crosse Tribune, November 4, 1996.
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS
“U.S. Woman, UAE Partner to Protect Abused Women,” Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, May 2007.
CHRISTOPHER THORNTON/PG. 5
“The U.S. and UAE Partner to Fight Breast Cancer in the Gulf,” Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, December 2007.
“The U.S. Promotes Businesswomen in the UAE,” Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, December 2007.
“American Studies Contributes to Global Awareness at the American University of Sharjah,” Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, July 2006.
“Hollywood Festival Showcases Works of UAE Film Students,” Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, July 2006.
“U.S. Offers English to U.A.E. Students with Limited Education Opportunity,” Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, May 2006.
“U.S. Provides Training for Arab Journalists in United Arab Emirates,” Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, May 2006.
“U.S. Provides Training for Arab Journalists in United Arab Emirates,” Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, May 2006.
"U.S. Offers English to UAE Students with Limited Education Opportunity," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, May 2006.

"’English for Journalists’ Enhances Cultural Communication in the United Arab Emirates," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, April 2006.




"U.S.-backed Program Helps Middle East Youngsters Toward Business Careers," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, January 2006.



"U.S., UAE Partner in Humanitarian Relief," International Information Programs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, December 2005.


"Corporate Citizenship Is the Way of Doing Business in the Gulf," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, June 2005.

"U.S. Education and Islamic Values Find Comfortable Balance at the American University of Sharjah," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, June 2005.


"American University in Dubai Popularizes U.S. Education in the UAE," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, June 2005.
"Harvard Medical School Prescribes Health Care for Dubai," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, March 2005.
CHRISTOPHER THORNTON/PG. 6
"Arab American Institute Celebrates Political Involvement at the Democratic National Convention," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, July 2004.
"Arab American Institute Provides Civic Education for Arab Americans," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, July 2004.
"Arab Americans in Civic Life: A New Story—Retold," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, June 2004.
"Arab Music Draws Crowds in Cambridge, Massachusetts," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, April 2004.
"Interest Grows in Middle Eastern Studies," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, April 2004.
"Muslim, Arab Student Associations Bridge Cultures in Boston," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, March 2004.
"Bridging the Cultural Divide at Boston's Hospital's," Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, International Information Programs, February 2004.

MEDIA EXPERIENCE
U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.; special correspondent, International Information Programs. Contributed feature stories on Arab/Muslim life in America and on topics relevant to UAE–US relations, posted on the department's Web site. 1/04 to 5/09.
Rolling Thunder Productions, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; wrote video script to highlight the educational curriculum and activities of the LycéeLibonais Francophone, a Lebanese–French school based in Dubai. 4/08 to 5/08.
Dubal Aluminum Company, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; gathered information and wrote the text for brochures that outline the company’s activities in its markets around the world. 8/05 to 4/06.
Van Oord Marine Contractors, Dubai, United Arab Emirates/Rotterdam, the Netherlands; wrote leaflets, brochure copy, and Web site text, promoting the company’s marine reclamation projects in the Middle East. 4/05 to 8/05.
Barrow and Schuck Commercial Information Services, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; wrote articles for Shell in the Middle East magazine and Shell's Al Maharanewsletter. Took photographs to accompany articles. Also wrote other public relations material while coordinating the production process with the designer and production manager. 1/05 to 5/05.
CHRISTOPHER THORNTON/PG. 7


SPI Books, New York, New York; edited and rewrote Secret Agenda (a novel), by Howard Schack; 6/00 to 8/00. Provided editorial feedback and copyediting for Sacred Quest: A Search for the Ark of the Covenant (a novel), by Howard Schack.
FILM AND THEATER PROJECTS
The Bruges Conspiracy, a TV miniseries dealing with the assassination of Charles the Good in Bruges in 1027. Currently in development.
The Tale of Tingko and the Pearl, an animated film for children with the characters drawn from creatures from the wildlife of the Arabian Peninsula. Development in association with the Dubai International Film Festival. Detailed outline created.
The Inside Outsider, completed draft screenplay, awaiting final licensing agreement with author of the novel on which the script is based.
Collateral Damage, full-length stage play, work-in-progress.
Dunn’s Quality Service, full-length stage play, work-in-progress.
Olivia and Helen, full-length stage play, completed.
Return Tickets, stage play, workshop production, Theatre of Newburyport, Newburyport, Massachusetts, November 11, 1998. NEWorks program finalist, staged reading, New Ehrlich Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, October 19, 1998.
Bloodbrothers, stage play, staged reading, The New Ehrlich Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, March 23, 1997.
Wild Horses, stage play, staged reading, Village Performers' Theatre, New York, June 23, 1994.
Season’s End, stage play, finalist, Western Illinois Playwriting Competition, Macomb, Illinois, March 1994.
Roadside Stand, one-act stage play, staged reading, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, Mill Valley, California, August 1995.
A Passage of Time, one-act stage play, workshop production, the American University in Cairo, March 14, 1993.

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES
Adaptations and the Metropolis: 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Adaptation Studies, Senate House, University of London, September, 24-25, 2015.

Delivered a presentation, “Artistic License: Exploring the Limits.”


CHRISTOPHER THORNTON/PG. 8
Transnational Screenwriting: A Dialogue Between Scholars and Industry; University of the Andes, School of Communication; Santiago, Chile, May 7–9, 2015. Delivered a presentation on “Screenwriting for an International Audience.”


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