Anderson Cook

I Want You To Hit Me With Your Car
Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, 2018
Photograph: Louis Stein

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📸 by  Joe Walker

📸 by Joe Walker

Anderson Cook is a writer and educator located in Brooklyn, NY.

Anderson won the 2019 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize for his screenplay FLAT, also the recipient of a 2018 Sloan Screenwriting Grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The script is currently in development with Tangerine Entertainment.

His plays and musicals have been seen at venues like (le) poisson rouge, the Boston Conservatory, Dixon Place, the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and comedy clubs, bar backrooms, and rooftops across the city. He’s been commissioned by Keaka Productions/Krone Theatrix, and his musical Bleeding Kansas won the Audience Choice Award at Sound Bites 2019, and he won the 2017 NMI New Voices Contest, co-sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering. His writing is published in The Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 2018 (Smith & Kraus).

He’s been a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows Program, the Echo Theatre’s National Young Playwright, and the Dionysian. He was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Center’s 2019 New Play Conference and a second-rounder in the Feature Drama and Hour-Long pilot categories of the Austin Film Festival.

Commercially, Anderson’s ghostwritten a YA novel, ghostwritten Op-Eds for academics, and designed worlds and characters for mobile gaming apps.

He teaches creative & expository writing, math, standardized test prep, and other subjects through A-List Education, Cohen Math Prep, and private tutoring. He volunteers as a tutor on Rikers Island through the Petey Greene Program and a mentor and editor for the PEN America Prison Writing Program.

He holds a BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. He’s a member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.

He writes off-beat comedies and occasionally dramas about science & technology, class, and what exactly it is that we owe each other – stories to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.