Jamal Joseph is a writer, director, and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University School of the Arts in the Film Department.
Professor 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’ Dream Harlem for Starz. Professor Joseph is currently co-executive producing and writing a dramatic musical for BET. He is also adapting his memoir, Panther Baby (Algonquin Books), into a feature screenplay that he will direct.
Professor Joseph is the author of Tupac Shakur Legacy (Simon & Schuster). He has also written the script for a Broadway musical based on the life of Tupac Shakur. Joseph is the Founder and Artistic Director of IMPACT Repertory Theatre, 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.
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