Jeffrey Stanley's semi-autobiographical wartime drama Tesla's Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews in New York at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, where it was directed by Curt Dempster and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The play went on to international productions including the forthcoming Chicago premiere. Other plays include Fishing With Tony and Joe, Medicine, Man, and The Golden Horseshoe: A Lecture on Tragedy. His plays have also been performed at LaMama, Naked Angels, the Cherry Lane, Chashama, and Theatre Three Dallas. He has been hired to write screenplays for Cabin Creek Films, Andrew Lauren Productions and other indie producers. His screenplay Brain On Fire, which he will also direct, is currently in development at Larry Meistrich's Nehst Studios. His award-winning short film Lady in a Box, starring Sarita Choudhury, marked his film directing debut. Stanley has also directed theatre, including a New York revival of Sam Shepard's political comedy The God of Hell. He has written a screenplay for and will direct the comedy Jane Henry: A Tribute, which has been optioned to the Farrelly Brothers and GreeneStreet Films, and his screenplay Brain On Fire has been optioned to producer Matthew Myers. He has been hired as a screenwriter for several independent producers, and his recent screenplay Mirabelle was one of five finalists in the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Stanley has been a resident of artists' colony Yaddo and a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College. He has also appeared as a guest writer in The New York Times and Time Out New York, and he was a senior advisor to Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies' book The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). He holds an MFA from the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied under playwright David Ives. He received his BFA from Tisch in Film & Television Production with a minor in cultural anthropology. He is also on the Tisch Dramatic Writing faculty.
Jeffrey Stanley was awarded a Screenwriting grant at NYU in 1997 for Lords of Light