Trai Cartwright

Trai Cartwright

Screenwriting Faculty


MFA, University of California, Riverside, 2006
A.A./B.A., New York University, 1992


How did you discover Western?

As a creative writing teacher who travels the state, my first connection to Western was the Writing the Rockies conference. I taught in 2010, and met JS Mayank, the head of the MFA Screenwriting department. We remained friends, and when the need for a new professor arose, I was lucky enough to get the call.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

While in Los Angeles, I worked as a development executive, story consultant and content creator for a number of the major studios (20th Century Fox, HBO, Paramount, Universal, New Line). I also worked for Leonardo DiCaprio’s online international short film festival. I’ve produced four independent movies and two web series, and optioned six scripts. I’ve taught at eight colleges and universities, and I’m currently President of Women in Film and Media Colorado.

What most excites you about your field?

What’s not to love about storytelling? What’s not to love about working with creative people? Being a part of the evolution of the people whose life’s work is making sense of the human condition is thrilling and crucial work.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

So much to explore! I’ll be taking full advantage at this summer residency.