Brighde Mullins

Professor of the Practice of English
Director of Master of Professional Writing Program

Contact Information
E-mail: bmullins@college.usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-4718
Office: THH 355

Personal Website

Biographical Sketch

Brighde Mullins has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts); Harvard University, where she was the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Dramatic Writing and the Director of the Creative Writing Program; Brown University, where she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Playwriting; and San Francisco State University, where she was an Associate Professor of Playwriting. Her awards include a Guggenhem Fellowship (2012), United States Artists Fellowship in Literature (2010), Pinter Review Gold Medal (2003), the Whiting Foundation Award for Playwriting (2001), the Will Glickman Award for Playwriting (2001), a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poetry (2003), and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting (1991). Her plays have been produced in New York, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles. She holds and MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


  • B.A. English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 5/1984
  • M.F.A. Playwriting, Yale School of Drama, 5/1987
  • M.F.A. Poetry, University of Iowa Writers Workshop, 5/1989

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Assistant Prof. of Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 05/01/1994-05/01/2002  
    Visiting and Temporary Appointments
    • Lecturer, Queens University of Charlotte, 05/2007-08/2010  
    • Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, Brown University, 08/2004-05/2006  
    • Distinguished Writer in Residence, St. Mary's College of Moraga, 01/1997-05/01/1998  
    Other Employment
    • Director, MFA Writing Program, California Institute of the Arts, 09/2006-05/2008  
    • Briggs Copeland Lecturer in Dramatic Writing; Director, Creative Writing, Harvard University, Dept. of English, 05/01/2002-05/01/2006  
    • Director, Readings in Contemporary Poetry, Dia Art Foundation, NYC, 09/01/1989-05/01/2005  

    Honors and Awards

    • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, Playwriting, 2012-2013  
    • 2010 United States Artists Fellow, 2010  
    • Pinter Review Gold Medal for FIRE EATER, 2003-2004   
    • Whiting Foundation Award, Playwriting, 2001-2002   
    • Will Glickman Award, Playwriting, 2001-2002   
    • Jane Chambers Award, Playwriting, 1997-1998   
    • National Endowment for the Arts (Playwriting), 1991-1992   

  • Master of Professional Writing Program
  • University of Southern California
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Mark Taper Hall of Humanities, THH 355
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0355