Ashlin Halfnight

Writing Specialist

Ashlin is a Fulbright Scholar, award-winning writer, and former professional hockey player. He holds an honors BA in English and American Literature from Harvard and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia. He currently teaches screen acting, production, and script development at NYU, and brings more than 15 years of classroom instruction, curriculum development, tutoring, test prep coaching, and educational consulting experience to his practice. Ashlin offers a full array of academic, artistic, and athletic perspectives in his mentoring, supported by a wealth of experiences including writing the multi-award winning feature film Astraea, earning a year-long playwriting residency at the Hungarian National Theater, and captaining the Harvard varsity hockey team. He has been called gifted and deliriously imaginative by The New York Times, and has been awarded the Howard Stein Playwriting Fellowship, a Ford Research Grant, Best Play at the New York Fringe, and has twice been named one of’s People of the Year for contributions to New York theater. An avid outdoorsman and canoeist, Ashlin is a Wilderness First Responder who makes his home in Brooklyn with his wife and son. 

University experience

New York University
Professor of Acting, Production and Script Development


Harvard University
Columbia University