Director. Writer. Filmmaker.
PRESENT - I'm thrilled to report that I will be helming my passion project LILLY, a feature film about the remarkable Fair Pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, with Marc Platt Productions. I've just had the pleasure to direct the pilot and entire season of the new MGM digital series THE BAXTERS. I'll soon be directing CRIMINAL MINDS and BLUE BLOODS for CBS.
I've directed more than 60 hours of episodic and long form television for ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, PBS, Lifetime, SYFY, Disney, Nickelodeon, and LightTV. I've written movies for Electric Entertainment, Mandalay Picures, Cinelou Entertainment, Freeform, and Lifetime Television. My pilots KINKS won the 2017 WGA Writer’s Access Project & WGA Drama Queens Award.
A former chair of the DGA Women's Steering Committee, I've been a vocal advocate for gender parity for women for several decades and was one of the directors who initiated the investigations regarding gender discrimination in Hollywood to the EEOC and ACLU. I champion and mentor many female filmmakers who remain invisible within our industry and am proud that my voice has contributed to progressive change in our culture. I've taught directing in the MFA programs at USC and LMU.
PAST - My father was a dentist in the Bronx, my mother a movie lover and Borscht Belt singer with an older brother who became a successful (Blacklisted) Hollywood screenwriter. My Russian grandparents were labor organizers. At an early age my imagination was sparked 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 - where I studied graphic design, and Sarah Lawrence College - where I concentrated on storytelling with writing 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 New York and Chicago Film Festivals, garnering production grants from The American Film Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts, & The Jerome Foundation - enabling me to continue making movies.
Early in my career I worked as a storyboard artist and pre-viz coordinator for directors Peter Yates, Brian DePalma, and Jerry Belson, while optioning my first screenplays to Jon Avnet, Ridley Scott, and Jodie Foster. When the late/great Steven Bochco saw one of my shorts he hired me to direct “Doogie Howser”, the opportunity for which I'm especially grateful.