Bill Rosenthal

Bill Rosenthal

Assistant Professor, Artistic Faculty
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Office Location: Marion Knott Studios 269
Phone: (714) 516-6158
University of California, Santa Cruz, Bachelor of Arts
Goddard College, Master of Fine Arts


Dodge College Courses:FTV 127 Screenwriting Intensive, FTV 128 Character Analysis for Writers, FTV 227 Screenwriting Fundamentals, FTV 328 Seminar in Television Writing, FTV 427 Feature Screenwriting II

Industry Affiliations:  Writers Guild of America

Bill Rosenthal has been a staff writer to “showrunner” and every writer/producer position in-between on network and cable series. Most recently he was the co-executive producer of FX’s comedy series, Saint George starring George Lopez.  Prior to that he was co-executive producer of Showtime’s Emmy winning series, Nurse Jackie.  He has written and produced comedy, drama, and animation.  Some other credits include Sabrina, the Teenage WitchThe John Larroquette ShowHead of the Class, and Working, which he co-created. Rosenthal is also the creator, writer and executive producer of AOL’s Greetings From Home, a digital comedy series funded by Michael Eisner that since its launch has had more than three million visitors.

In addition to teaching at Chapman's Dodge College, Rosenthal has taught at UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, LMU, and Columbia College Chicago. 

"My teaching philosophy is simple," he says. "If you want to be a professional writer, write.  And read.  The one thing every successful writer I’ve ever worked with has in common? They all read. And a lot." 

He earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz, and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

"Saint George" is a multi-camera television sitcom starring George Lopez. In addition to serving as a writer on the series, I was the co-executive producer. The series was produced by Lionsgate television for FX television network.
"Nurse Jackie" is an Emmy-winning showtime series starring Edie Falco. I served as a writer and co-executive producer of the series. The series was produced by Lionsgate television for Showtime television network.