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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Craig Volk

Theatre, Film, and Video Production Department

​Craig Volk received English/Theatre BS & MA degrees from the University of South Dakota and his MFA in playwriting/screenwriting from the Yale School of Drama (YSD).  He twice won the Molly Kazan Award for best play at YSD.  He’s written over 40 stage dramas and his scripts have been selected three times for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.  He was the first American selected for the Russian National Playwrights Conference. Productions of his plays have been performed at the Lincoln Center, the George Street Playhouse, Yale Rep, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Dostoevsky Russian Drama Theatre and numerous others.  His play "Mayakovsky Takes the Stage" won the 2007 PEN-USA award for best drama.  

Additionally, he spent 12 years working in the television/film industry including a staff position on the Emmy-winning series “Northern Exposure.”  He’s written ten feature-length scripts, six television pilots, and had 32 episodes of network and cable television produced and air. In 2008-09 he created, executive produced and co-wrote with his CU Denver students and colleagues a 7-episode television series entitled "Good Grief".  That series aired on Rocky Mountain PBS in 2009.  While serving as executive producer/director, his production company d.c. dakota films has produced three short documentary films -- one story, "Her Life Is My Teacher" and "Dell: 100"  The first focuses on Sudanese “Lost Boy” Isaac Khor Bher; the second explores the life and work of Indian women’s rights activist Dr. Abdul Salam; and, the third examines the life of 100-year-old female journalist Del Plested.  These films have screened in juried film festivals across the country and in Africa. 

Volk’s teaching credentials include having conducted creative writing workshops throughout South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, New Jersey, Manitoba, and a six-year workshop for the South Dakota State Men’s and Women’s penitentiaries.  He’s held academic posts at the University of South Dakota, Green Mountain College in Vermont, University of California-Davis and UCLA-Extension.  He’s taught creative writing workshops across the country including Ithaca College, the Santa Fe Screenwriters Conference, the American College Theatre Festival, and twice conducted a master class for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences summer internship program in Los Angeles.  Currently, he teaches dramatic writing (screenwriting, episodic television writing, and playwriting) for the Department of Theatre, Film, and Video Production at the University of Colorado Denver. ​