Writing Careers Panel
Michelle Hart ’07
Hart earned her B.A. degree from Hofstra University in English language and literature and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Rutgers University, where she currently teaches writing composition and contemporary American literature. In addition to teaching, Hart is a reader for The New Yorker, identifying exceptional manuscripts for publication. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in myriad publications including One Teen Story and AMP Magazine.
William Mastrosimone ’66
After his graduation from The Pennington School, Mastrosimone went on to receive a graduate degree in playwriting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. His 2002 play, Bang Bang You're Dead, received two Daytime Emmy awards. Among Mastrosimone's other plays are The Woolgather, Shivaree, The Afghan Women, Tamer of Horses, and Cat's Paw. He wrote the drama Extremities as well as the screenplay for its film adaptation, and the movie The Beast is based upon his play, Nanawatai. He has written for television, as well: He was writer and producer for the television movie Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor and was co-executive producer of the mini-series Into the West, for which he also wrote three of the six episodes.
Alix Samuel ’11
Samuel earned her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, where she majored in sociology and minored in community action and social change as well as in art and design. She lives and works in Manhattan as a communications coordinator for The Fresh Air Fund, a NYC-based children's nonprofit. She is also a freelance grant writer for Artists in Residence, a Bucks County-based arts and children's nonprofit. Prior to these endeavors, she was an e-commerce copywriter for a mission-driven home design store in Manhattan.
Sarah Vander Schaaff
Vander Schaaff is a former faculty member of The Pennington School and a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in theater as well as an M.F.A. degree in theater from the University of Alabama. Vander Schaaff is a freelance writer for The Washington Post and writes a regular blog for The Mental Health Association of NYC; she also assists start-ups with copy creation. She has a passion for creative and collaborative projects, putting her background in theater and entertainment to work in the fields of parent-, health-, and mental-health-oriented original content, from education to humor, blogs, articles, and video.