Director. Writer. Filmmaker.
I recently directed the pilot and full season of the new MGM series "The Baxters" and will soon be directing "Blue Bloods" and "Criminal Minds." I've had the pleasure of directing many fine series and movies for ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, PBS, Lifetime, SYFY, Disney, and Nickelodeon.
I'm currently in development with my passion project, LILLY, a feature film based on the life of the remarkable fair pay activist Lilly Ledbetter. The screenplay won the NYWIFT Ravenal Prize and is an Athena List winner. I'm also in development with KINKS, a one hour drama, winner of the WGA Writer's Access Project, and The Drama Queens Award for Best Spec Pilot. My digital series "Ice Queen," a Sundance/New Voices Lab finalist, is in development with Paul Feig's digital company Powderkeg. I've written features for Electric Entertainment, Mandalay Picures, Cinelou Entertainment, Freeform, and several for Lifetime Television.
Former chair of the DGA Women's Steering Committee, I'm an ardent advocate for gender parity in Hollywood.
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.”
I took my art training seriously. After working as a professional child actor for over ten years, where I sang jingles with Louie Armstrong and was the voice of Lucy in Peanuts, I attended The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design where I studied graphic design, then onto Sarah Lawrence College where I focused on writing with giants 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 junior art director at Young & Rubicam, then 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.