Thomas Pope


Thomas Pope initially joined MCAD as an adjunct member in 1999, then was full-time visiting faculty in 2003, and has been a ranked full-time faculty member since 2005.

A professional screenwriter, he has written for Francis Coppola, Ridley Scott, Penny Marshall, Wim Wenders, and many others. Among the films he has worked on are Bad Boys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Sweet Land. His published book Good Scripts, Bad Scripts: Learning the Art of Scriptwriting is an analysis of twenty-five Hollywood scripts. His courses at MCAD run the gamut of film classes from Screenwriting, History of Film, Science Fiction Film, Narrative Writing and many others. Additionally, he has taught the Liberal Arts Advanced Seminar capstone course, and served as the creative writing coordinator in the liberal arts department.

Contributing to the professional film community, he has served on panels for the Minnesota Film Festival, and the Canadian National Screenwriter competition, and is a frequent presenter at film conferences and festivals. He has lectured on screenwriting in Helsinki, Brussels, Milan, Los Angeles, Madison, and Berlin. Among them are the International Conference on Screenwriting, the University of Copenhagen Film Conference, and the Ghent Film Festival. Thomas earned MA and BA degrees in Cinema from University of Southern California.

See what Thomas's colleagues, students, and friends have to say about his exceptional contributions to MCAD.

Karen Wirth

Congratulations, Tom. You have been a steady guide for students through the wonders of film and storytelling. From the exploration of narrative arc and film structure to character relationships and underlying meanings, you have enriched so many students through your time at MCAD. May your personal narrative be long and filled with wonder.

Zoe Dirks

Thomas Pope is perhaps one of the best teachers I've ever had. His classes were brimming with originality and creativity, and his ability to foster the love for stories in his students is unmatched. My experience at MCAD has been varied, but those classes were the most valuable. In the words of Pope himself, "This was a lotta fun."

Dana LeMoine

Thank you for your dedication to MCAD!

Autumn Amadou-Blegen

It has been a pleasure working with you! I wish you the best for the future.

Arlene Birt

Congratulations, Tom!

Emmanuel Patterson

Thomas Pope was an incredible, inspiring teacher for me. His lessons were always immensely intriguing and informative, and he gave me the encouragement I needed to pursue storytelling seriously. I will miss him and MCAD won't be the same without him around.

Ngan Huynh

At first, I was scared to be in your Narrative and Storytelling class because I was not confident about my writing and I was also afraid of speaking in front of the class. However, I soon realized that your class has been nothing but pure enjoyment! I started to get so excited when it was time for me to share my writings and your feedback has certainly helped me so much with narrating my stories. Thank you for everything you have done!

Jody Williams

Congratulations, Tom! We never really got to chat one-on-one at the 'CAD, but you will be missed by all of us.

Tom Milbrath

Tom, good luck in your retirement!