I've directed more than 60 hours of television series and movies for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, SYFY, DISNEY CHANNEL, LIFETIME, and TEEN NICK and I'm eager to get back to doing more. I've written movies for LIFETIME Television, FREEFORM, and ELECTRIC ENTERTAINMENT, and web series for TNT and Mattel. I've taught directing in the MFA program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University, and was a recent chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee. I’m an outspoken activist and frequent contributor to industry trades and feminist journals regarding gender equity in Hollywood.
My dad was a dentist in the Bronx, my mother was a movie lover with an older brother who became a successful (Blacklisted) Hollywood screenwriter. My Russian grandparents were labor organizers and civil rights activists. I was taught about justice at an early age when I fell in love with the strong female protagonists from classic cinema played by actors like Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis, illuminating social issues in movies like “How Green Was My Valley” and “Pinky.”
At the age of five I was a professional child actor. I played Richard Kiley’s daughter on "The Defenders", sang jingles with Louie Armstrong, and was the voice of Lucy in Peanuts. I attended The School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and Sarah Lawrence College where I studied visual and then literary storytelling with giants such as Grace Paley and Ed Doctorow.
I received an MFA in film directing at NYU where my thesis film, "Giustina", won Best Short at The NY and Chicago Film Festivals, followed by production grants from The American Film Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, and New York State Council of the Arts - which enabled me to continue making independent short films, later sold to HBO, PBS, and Showtime.
Early in my career, while I made a living as a storyboard artist on studio features for directors like Peter Yates and Brian DePalma, I optioned my first screenplays to Jon Avnet, Ridley Scott, and Jodie Foster. When Steven Bochco saw one of my short films, he hired me to direct “Doogie Howser.” I will be forever indebted to him for giving me my first shot. I live in Hollywood with my husband and two children.