Alumna: Corinne Brinkerhoff

The Road to Hollywood
Corinne Brinkerhoff: TV Writer/Producer

Corinne Brinkerhoff (’02) knew being able to do math and science would serve her well as far as her professional life, but her educational journey took a surprising twist when the breadth and depth of her studies at Truman State University helped her uncover a hidden passion for creative writing, TV production, and acting.

While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in communication at Truman, she took a class in television production which turned out to be a turning point in her professional trajectory. She enjoyed the process of writing, shooting and editing so much that she started researching graduate programs in TV which led her to Boston University. After a year, she relocated to Los Angeles to land an internship she needed to complete her degree requirements at BU.

An unpaid internship at David E. Kelley Productions turned into a job working as the production assistant for David Kelley himself. At the time, Kelley had already gained fame as the creator of numerous hit shows such as Ally McBeal, The Practice, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, Boston Public and Boston Legal. Landing the job working for Kelley confirmed Brinkerhoff’s passion for writing and propelled her into a career as a successful TV writer and producer in Hollywood.

She has worked on shows including Elementary, The Good Wife, Jane the Virgin, and Boston Legal among other shows.