I Want You To Hit Me With Your Car Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, 2018 Photograph: Louis Stein
Anderson Cook is a writer and educator located in Brooklyn, NY. 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.
Anderson won the 2019 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize for his screenplay James Thomas Thinks the Earth is Flat, which was also the recipient of a 2018 Sloan Screenwriting Grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He’s been a finalist for the Echo Theatre’s National Young Playwright and a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Center’s 2019 New Play Conference. Anderson and his writing partner Amanda D’Archangelis were the winners of 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 teaches creative & expository writing, standardized test prep, and other subjects through A-List Education, Cohen Math Prep, and private tutoring. He teaches producing in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, his alma mater. Anderson works as a volunteer mentor and editor for the PEN America Prison Writing Program.
He holds a BFA and MFA in dramatic writing from NYU 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’s currently developing a new punk musical based on abolitionist John Brown and his feature-length screenplay James Thomas Thinks the Earth is Flat.
I write funny and sad stories about technology, history, identity, and what it is that we owe each other – stories to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.