Craig Thornton


By Kris Rusho

Craig is a native of Theresa, NY and a graduate of Indian River Central High School and JCC. 

He went onto study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has a BFA in Film and Television.

He studied graduate screenwriting at AFI in Los Angeles, and is currently pursuing his MFA in playwriting at Goddard College. 

He moved back to the North Country in 1999, to be closer to family and has worked at WWNY since 2000. 

Craig was a professional theater critic in Los Angeles for three years and had had articles published on theater as well. 

As a playwright he has had plays produced in New York City, Los Angeles, and here locally at Sackets Harbor and Watertown. 

The Los Angeles production of “Happy Birthday, Tina Marie” produced at the Odyssey Theater Ensemble was hailed as “brilliant and witty” by the Los Angeles Times and chosen as pick of the week by LA Reader magazine. 

“Happy Birthday, Tina Marie” was published by A.S.K in a collection of best plays of the year, to be permanently housed in the Central Library in Los Angeles. Recently the first scene of his current play, “The High Cost of Heating” was published in the Pitkin Review Literary Journal.

He has won a MacDowell Fellowship, a Ragdale Foundation Award and a NYS SOS grant.

He is dedicated to promoting local arts and entertainment in the North Country and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Armory Square Playhouse playwrights. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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