Michael Dinwiddie is an associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University whose course offerings include Migration and American Culture; Dramatizing History I and II; Poets in Protest: Footsteps to Hip Hop; James Reese Europe and American Music; Sissle, Blake and the Minstrel Tradition; Guerrilla Screenwriting; and Motown Matrix: Race, Gender and Class Identity in 'The Sound of Young America.' Michael holds the M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. An award-winning dramatist whose works have been produced in New York, regional and educational theater, he has been a playwright-in-residence at Michigan State University, Florida A&M University, and St. Louis University. He has conducted playwriting workshops at SUNY Stony Brook, California State University at San Bernardino, The College of New Rochelle, Wayne State University, and La Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In Hollywood Michael was an inaugural Fellow in the Walt Disney Writers' Program at Touchstone Pictures and worked as a staff writer on ABC-TV hit series Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. His screenplay Nowadays was a Sundance Finalist, and he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. In 2005 he was the recipient of NYU's Distinguished Teaching Award, and in the following year he was named a Faculty Fellow in Residence at Hayden Hall. Michael is a member of the Dramatists Guild (DG), the Writers Guild East of America (WGA), and currently serves as president of the Black Theatre Network (BTN).