Quinnipiac University
David E. Atkins

Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Media Arts

David Atkins is a writer-director-producer of television and film, and an associate professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Media Arts at Quinnipiac University. He most recently wrote and is producing the romantic crime caper, “The Ex-Cons, co-produced by 30 West/Neon (“Parasite”). David directed and wrote the comedic thriller "Novocaine", starring Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, and Laura Dern, which was chosen for a gala premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was a writer on "Hot Tub Time Machine" starring John Cusack for MGM. Five of David’s films have been produced, including "Arizona Dream", starring Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway, which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. He has written original screenplays or pilots for Paramount, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks, MTV Films, MGM, NBC, and UGC. He has also created several original television series, including “The Auditor” for Lionsgate/NBC and “Horrible Terrible Misadventures”, directing multiple episodes.


  • BA, University of Vermont
  • MFA, Columbia University


  • Film Television and Media Arts

Office Location

  • Center for Comm.&Engineer 258

Mail Drop

  • CE-MCM