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NEW AMERICAN DRAMA

Creative Team Biographies




Ridley Scott

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Ridley Scott has been honored with Academy Award® nominations for Best Director for his work on Black Hawk Down, Gladiator and Thelma & Louise. All three films also earned him DGA Award nominations. Scott’s most recent directorial credits include the epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, the hit Prometheus, starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron, and the acclaimed The Counselor, written by Cormac McCarthy and starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem. Scott is currently in production on The Martian with Matt Damon, set for 2015 release.
Scott has garnered multiple award nominations over his illustrious career. In addition to his Academy Award® and DGA nominations, he also earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Director for American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. As he also served as a producer on the true-life drama, Scott received a BAFTA nomination for Best Film. Scott also received Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations for Best Director for his epic Gladiator. The film won the Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and BAFTA Awards for Best Picture.
In 2003, Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the arts.




David Zabel




David Zabel wrote for the NBC medical series “ER” for the last eight years of its historic run, serving the last five as its showrunner. He wrote more than 45 episodes of the program and was a recipient of a Prism Award and a Humanitas Prize. Subsequently, Zabel was showrunner and executive producer of ABC’s 2010-11 police series, “Detroit 1-8-7.” In 2013, he was executive producer/showrunner for two shows he developed on ABC: “Betrayal” and “Lucky 7.”  He has directed numerous episodes of “ER,” “Detroit 1-8-7” and “Betrayal.” 




Lisa Quijano Wolfinger

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Lisa Quijano Wolfinger has written, produced and directed a wide range of genres, including drama, historical docu-drama, high-end documentaries and reality. Notable work includes the critically acclaimed three-hour docu-drama special for History Channel, “Desperate Crossing, The untold story of the Mayflower,” nominated for two primetime Emmy Awards; the two-hour special, “Fire on the Mountain,” nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy and awarded the CINE Masters Series award; the 90-minute Salem Witch docu-drama, titled “Witch Hunt,” nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy; and the docu-drama miniseries, “Conquest of America,” nominated for a Primetime Emmy and winner of a gold medal at the New York Film Festival. 





David Zucker




David Zucker is president of television for Scott Free and executive producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated, Peabody-acclaimed drama, “The Good Wife,” now in its sixth season on CBS, as well as “NUMB3RS,” which ran for six successful seasons on the same network. 2014 productions include “Halo: Nightfall,” a feature-length digital series for X-Box/Microsoft, “Killing Jesus,” the third in the acclaimed “Killing” telefilms for National Geographic, and a pilot adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic, “The Man in the High Castle” for Amazon. During his tenure, Scott Free has produced a steady stream of highly acclaimed programs, including “Klondike” for Discovery, “The Pillars of the Earth” for Starz, “World Without End” for Reelz, “Into the Storm” for HBO, “The Andromeda Strain” and “Coma” for A&E and “The Company” at TNT. Notable non-fiction programs include “Killing Kennedy,” “Killing Lincoln,” “Crimes of the Century” and the Emmy-winning documentary special “Gettysburg” for History Channel. Previously, Zucker worked as a story editor on the CBS series “Judging Amy,” wrote pilot scripts for CBS and ABC, as well as various stage plays, and served as VP of drama series for CBS in addition to VP of drama series and current programs at Warner Bros. TV.
Historical Advisers Biographies
James Barber is a historian and curator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His research interests include the portraiture of the Jacksonian and Civil War eras, and the American presidency. He is the project coordinator for the Smithsonian’s popular Civil War web site, CivilWar@Smithsonian. In observance of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, he is an editorial consultant for a two Smithsonian books, The Civil War: A Visual History (DK, 2011) and the newly released Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection (Smithsonian Books, 2013). His exhibition experience of 30 years includes numerous Civil War themes, including shows about U.S. Grant, Elmer Ellsworth, Confederate caricaturist Adalbert Volck, and the current exhibit, “Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio.” Barber was born in Washington, DC, and is a lifelong Alexandrian. He is the author of Alexandria in the Civil War. He holds a MA in history from Virginia Tech and is a historical consultant for Northern Virginia historical venues.
Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet, a lifelong student of all aspects of the Civil War, has studied the medical history of the war intensively for more than a dozen years. Born in New York City and a graduate of New York University, he spent his professional career in academic medicine, serving as a professor of internal medicine at the University of Virginia, the Medical College of Georgia and State University of New York at Brooklyn. He was chairman of the Department of Medicine at the latter two institutions. Recently, he was clinical professor of medicine at Yale. Dr. Bollet has published numerous papers and presented lectures on various aspects of Civil War medicine at many medical schools, Civil War roundtables, and the Smithsonian Institution. He serves on the Honorary Board of Advisors of the Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Civil War Surgeons.

Dr. Stanley B. Burns began collecting medical, historical and memorial photography in 1975, and founded The Burns Archive in 1977. Since then, he has authored dozens of award-winning photo-history books, and has curated and exhibited at dozens of major museums and galleries worldwide. Dr. Burns’ keen eye for iconic imagery has helped rewrite inaccuracies in medical history and played a large role in the rediscovery of postmortem photography and 19th-century mourning practices. A New York City ophthalmologist, accomplished surgeon, author, historian, curator, collector, professor, publisher and archivist, Dr. Burns has been referred to as “the Johnny Appleseed of photography” in New York Magazine, as he’s actively shared his encyclopedic knowledge and expertise. His contributions to medical and photography history are recognized by his official appointments at several institutions, including The National Arts Club, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The American College of Surgeons and especially by New York University: Langone Medical Center, where he is clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry. Over the past 40 years, he has consulted and contributed to thousands of feature films, documentaries, television productions and publications. He has authored 43 photo-historical texts, more than 1,000 articles and served as editor of several medical journals. When not collecting, Dr. Burns spends his time consulting, lecturing, creating exhibits and writing books on under-appreciated areas of history and photography. Dr. Burns is the on-set medical, historical and technical consultant for the HBO-Cinemax series “The Knick.” His 44th book, Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism, was released October 2014.

Shauna Devine is visiting research fellow in the department of the history of medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Her research is focused on the history of medicine and science in 19th-century America. Recent articles and publications include: “Clinical Photography and the Development of Scientific Medicine: Civil War Casualty and Surgical-Operation Cards, 1861-1865” in Hidden Treasures: 175 Years of the National Library of Medicine, ed. Michael Sappol (New York: Blast Books, 2012); “Malaria in the South” in Science and Medicine, Vol. 22, ed. James G. Thomas and Charles Reagan Wilson (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012); and “Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science” (University of North Carolina Press, 2014.)
Thavolia Glymph is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Duke University, where she teaches courses on slavery, the U.S. South, emancipation, Reconstruction and African American women’s history. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (2008) and a co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Ser. 1, Vols. 1 and 3, 1985 and 1990), a part of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. She is currently completing “Women at War,” a study of women in the Civil War.
Anya Jabour is a professor in the history department and a past co-director of the women’s and gender studies program at the University of Montana. She teaches courses in U.S. women’s history, family history and southern history, as well as several upper-division writing courses, and was the 2001 recipient of the Helen and Winston Cox Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has authored three books, Marriage in the Early Republic, Scarlett’s Sisters and Topsy-Turvy, and has edited a collection on Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children and another on Family Values in the Old South, and has published numerous articles and essays. She is currently working on a biography of educator and reformer Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (1866-1948.)
James M. McPherson, PhD, an American history expert and one of the most distinguished historians of our time, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. His other best-selling books include For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War; Drawn With the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War; What They Fought For, 1861-1865; Gettysburg: The Paintings of Mort Kunstler; Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution; and Fields of Fury. An active preservationist, he has served on the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission since 1991. Dr. McPherson was named the Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities for 2000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A professor at Princeton University, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Jane Schultz is a Professor of English and adjunct professor of American studies, women’s studies, medical humanities at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (1988-present);fellow and life member, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, U.K. (1999-2000); and visiting scholar, Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia (2006-07). Her research interests include 19th -century American literature and culture; literature and medicine, especially illness narrative; American domestic fiction; historical narrative; the social history of Civil War relief work; history of nursing; and gender studies. Her many publications include Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America (University of North Carolina Press, 2004.) 
George C. Wunderlich is the executive director at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the premier center for the preservation and research legacy of Civil War medical innovation. The main museum, located in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland, contains five galleries and more than 1,200 artifacts and boasts knowledgeable docents, as well a research facility. Wunderlich and his staff are experts in the general interpretation of medical issues of the period, such as diet, sanitation, surgical practice, transportation, training of physicians, medical theory and wound management. The museum holds an extensive collection of period medical texts and illustrations.
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