Program Team

Brighde Mullins is the Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program. She has taught writing for 18 years at institutions such as 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 held a tenured position as Associate Professor of Playwriting. She has won significant awards for her writing, including a Guggenheim 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). She has had over ten plays that have reached full production in New York, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other venues. She holds and MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Natalie Inouye is the Student Services Advisor for the Master of Professional Writing Program. She also works with the Master of Liberal Studies Program. Natalie has a BA in Psychology from Chapman University and an MS in Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education from California State University–Long Beach. She has been with the University of Southern California since 2003, working previously with the USC Marshall School of Business.

Howard Ho is the Program Specialist for the Master of Professional Writing Program, where he is also a student. He holds a BA in Musicology and Communications Studies from UCLA, and is a proud member of Cold Tofu Improv and Company of Angels. He was Assistant to the Producers on the Warner Bros. release TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). As a writer, he has been published in the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly, and is developing an original musical about video games.



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