Thomas Musca

A veteran screenwriter, producer and director with more than three decades of experience in the film industry, Musca first captured attention as the producer and co-writer of Stand and Deliver. The popular Warner Bros. film starred Edward James Olmos, who earned an Oscar nomination, and collected six Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. It is preserved in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress. 

Tom Musca is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers and went on to earn his MFA at UCLA. Recently, this lifelong member of the WGA was commissioned to write the screenplay for One Mile North, a story about a restaurant near Ground Zero. Currently, he is developing a feature film about the drought from the California farmers’ perspective. He is Co-Producer of Bad Hurt, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.      

Musca has worked with a wide array of acting talent including John Cusack, James Gandolfini, CCH Pounder, Lou Diamond Phillips, Andy Garcia. Cliff Robertson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Benicio del Toro and America Ferrera. Produced screen credits include: Columbia Pictures’ Little Nikita; Tortilla Soup, an Imagen Award winner; Gotta Kick It Up! for the Disney Channel; Hollywood Pictures’ Money For Nothing; Race, an HBO comedy; and Flight of Fancy for Showtime.

Before Musca was named the Coordinator of the MFA Screenwriting Concentration at the University of Miami, he was the Moseley Fellow for Creative Writing at Pomona College, and has served as a guest lecturer at the Sundance Institute, Slamdance, UCLA, NYU, USC and AFI. He has conducted MPA writing and producing workshops on four continents. In recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching at the School of Communication, Tom Musca received the ROBERT AND CHRISTINE STAUB Faculty Excellence Award in 2014.