Steve Cuden, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Screenwriting
- M.F.A., Screenwriting, University of California Los Angeles
- Certificate, Professional Program in Screenwriting, University of California Los Angeles
- B.A., Theatre, University of Southern California Los Angeles
- Introduction to Screenwriting
- Narrative Structure
- Intermediate Screenwriting
- Production III
- Acting and Directing for Writers
- Story Analysis
- Advanced Screenwriting
- TV Animation Writing
- Senior Thesis
Steve Cuden, a proud native of Pittsburgh, is a writer-director-producer. Together with renowned composer, Frank Wildhorn, he co-conceived and contributed various lyrics to the Broadway and international musical sensation, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical, which ran for four years on Broadway and has been performed on stages the world over. Along with Wildhorn, he also co-conceived and contributed various lyrics to the international hit musical, Rudolf, Affaire Mayerling.
He has written nearly ninety teleplays for many popular TV series such as: X-Men, The Batman, Iron Man, Xiaolin Showdown, Loonatics Unleashed, World of Quest, The Mask, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Quack Pack, Gargoyles, Beetlejuice, Savage Dragon, Pink Panther, RoboCop, Extreme Ghostbusters, Stargate Infinity, ExoSquad, Mummies Alive, and numerous others.
He directed and co-produced the cult-favorite horror-comedy feature, Lucky, winning the award for Best Director at the Nodance Film Festival. Lucky also won awards for Best Feature at the New York City Horror Film Festival, Shriekfest in Los Angeles, MicroCineFest in Baltimore, and the Weekend of Fear in Nuremberg, Germany.
He is proud to be currently teaching screenwriting to the many talented cinema arts students at Point Park University.
- Writers Guild of America
- Writers Guild of Canada
- Dramatists Guild
- Animation Guild
- The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
- The Denis Theatre Foundation, Advisory Board of Directors
- Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Board of Directors
Selected Artistic Works
- Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical, Concept and Additional Lyrics
- Lucky, Director, Producer
- A Rat's Tale, Writer
- The Sweetest Christmas, Writer (In Development)
- Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays
- Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations
- The narrative structure of musicals for the stage and screen
- The deconstruction of motion picture and television screenplays, specifically in terms of narrative structure and narrative beats
- Lecturer, Creating Memorable Scenes, Women in Film and Television International Summit, 2014
- Lecturer, How to Succeed in Hollywood, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012-14
- Lecturer, Screenwriting Fundamentals, Women in Film Screenwriting Symposium, 2012
- Lecturer, Master Class on Plot and Character, Academy for New Musical Theatre, 2010
Selected Awards and Honors
- Award of Excellence for Feature Film Screenplay, The Memory Tour, UCLA Screenwriters Showcase, 2009
- Best Director, Lucky, Nodance Film Festival, 2002
Point Park Features
- "Cinema Professors Present at Film Summit," June 2, 2014.
- "Assistant Professor of Screenwriting Pens Beating Broadway," Point Park website, May 30, 2013.
- "Hollywood Veteran Brings 30 Years of Industry Experience," Point Park website, June 22, 2011.
In the News
- "Steve Cuden on Screenwriting," Creative Screenwriting Magazine, March 2016.
- "Beating Hollywood: Crafting the Perfect Screenplay," WESA 90.5, Feb. 26, 2016.
- "Q&A with Steve Cuden, Screenwriter and Author of Beating Hollywood," Script Magazine, Feb. 25, 2016.
- "Newsmaker: Steve Cuden," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 17, 2014.
- "Person of Interest: Steve Cuden - Director, Screenwriter, Lyricist," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 18, 2013.
- "Film Notes: Steeltown to Unveil Film Winner, Newly Named Award," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 14, 2012.