ESP Biography

MICHAEL COX, Writer, Filmmaker, Storyteller and culinary artist

Major: Film Studies

College/Employer: Learning Games Network

Year of Graduation: 2007

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Michael Cox is a producer and filmmaker whose work has reached millions of people in film festivals throughout the world. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in Film Production, his recent work includes award-winning narratives, provocative documentaries, and series television. He has taught at elementary, secondary, and at the university levels and founded a number of cinema, theatre, and culinary arts programs for non-profit organizations.

Michael is currently working on an instructional video series about Game Design Pedagogy for the Learning Games Network.

Past Classes

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H5412: Cooking an Elegant Meal. in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Learn the basic art and science of cooking composition and use it to impress you family, friends, or a date. Prepare an elegant dinner party for a very economic price--it's mostly ingredients that you already have in your house. We'll be making a cheese souffle, green vegetables in béchamel sauce, lemon curd, and a dark chocolate pastry. The essentials you'll learn in this class will give you the foundations for numerous culinary creations that are sure to impress.

A5413: Writing and Performing the Ten-Minute Play in Splash! 2011 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2011)
Called “the American theatre’s haiku” and “theatrical lightning”, the power of the Ten-Minute Play can stand you hair on end. Students will write, rehearse, and perform in short plays based on their lives and experiences. We will cover basic structure, conventions, dialogue, characterization and performance. Student will be separated into groups depending on their strengths: writing, directing, or acting. Samples of Ten-Minute Plays and suggestions for construction will be posted for students to review. Students may them submit scripts or ideas of their own in advance of the class, or pads and pens will be provided for students to quickly engineer plays on the day of class. From there, student will build relationships and conflict in the characters through rehearsal. In the final hour, students will perform. The emphasis is on making bold, dramatic choices and effectively "pitching" your ideas to producers, publishers and casting directors in an atmosphere of collaboration with other artists.