Jeff Kitchen

  • Jeff Kitchen has been teaching old-school playwriting techniques to screenwriters for many years now. Trained in the groundbreaking work on William Thompson Price, Jeff worked as a dramaturg and playwriting teacher in New York theater and on Broadway. Jeff has taught development execs from all the major Hollywood studios and they consistently say that he teaches the most advanced development tools in the film industry. Jeff is the author of Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting.

    “Jeff Kitchen is a brilliant dramatist and writer. He’s been teaching and guiding screenwriters for many years. His ability to analyze story and structure is profound. Jeff’s writing techniques and teaching have been invaluable tools in my own creative work. His attention to character, process and form have informed all of my work and will continue to do so. I start every script with the simple question that Jeff asks daily, “What do you want to leave the audience with?” The question and Jeff’s teaching form the foundation for compelling, honest work.” 

    Ted Melfi - Writer/Director – Hidden Figures (nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars); St. Vincent