ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE CHAIR
DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL & MEDIA ARTS
B.S. Emerson College
M.F.A. Emerson College
Professor Cook has more than twenty-five years of experience as a respected writer and producer of television and film. She has worked for ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS as well as for Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Studios.
A member of the Writers Guild of America West, Cook has written for hit television shows such as the top-ten Nielsen rated Full House, the cult classic, Charles in Charge, the nontraditional family comedy, Joe's Life and Rysher Entertainment's crime drama, One West Waikiki.
Cook has served as a writer/producer for Entertainment Tonight, America's Most Wanted, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Better Homes and Gardens and the PBS Emmy-award winning children's show Zoom. She is author of the critically acclaimed book, Write To TV: Out of Your Head and Onto the Screen (Focal Press/Elsevier) used by professional writers, in college classrooms, and by budding writers alike.
Her first screenplay, Zachary's Truth was a finalist in the prestigious Chesterfield Writers Film Program and in the Massachusetts Screenwriting Competition, before being optioned by Universal Studios. Her second screenplay, Hit & Run was optioned by Alan Barnette Productions at Universal Studios.
Cook has served as a writing mentor to members of the New England Chapter of Women In Film and Video, students at the Perkins School for the Blind, and soldiers in Afghanistan.
At Emerson, Cook co-created the screenwriting program in Visual and Media Arts. She also oversees the comedy writing on the Kevin Bright Workshop. To encourage young writer/producers to use their talents to better the world, Cook spearheaded student production of PSAs; including an Associated Press award-winning PSA on the Salvation Army's daycare center for homeless children, and a Boston Mayor's Office supported youth anti-violence message starring members of the New England Patriots, The Boston Red Sox, and the New England Revolution.
While an undergrad at Emerson, she co-created The Evvy Awards, which have become the largest student produced live television show in the country, recognized with national awards, including The National Association of College Broadcasters Award and the the Telly Award.