Jamal Joseph

Professor of Professional Practice, School of the Arts

Columbia University

Jamal Joseph is a writer, director and Professor of Professional Practice at Colubia University School of the Arts in the Film Department.

Joseph has written and directed for Black Starz, HBO, Fox TV, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., and A&E. His produced screenplays include Ali: An American Hero (Fox), New York Undercover (Fox), Knights of the South Bronx (A&E), and The Many Trials of Tammy B. (Nickelodeon). He wrote and directed Drive By: A Love Story, Da Zone, and the docudrama Hughes Dreams Harlem for Starz.  Joseph is currently co-executive producing and writing a dramatic musical for BET.  He is adapting his memoir Panther Baby (Algonquin Books) into a feature screenplay which he will direct.

Joseph is the author of Tupac, Legacy (Simon & Schuster). He has also written the script for a Broadway musical based on the life of Tupac Shakur. He is the founder and artistic director of IMPACT, a Harlem-based youth theatre company, and executive director of New Heritage Films, a not-for-profit organization that provides training and opportunities for minority filmmakers.