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ME AND MY SHADOW Or, How To Shadow Appropriately

The bad news: “We booked all our slots already, we can’t offer you a job right now.” But – The good news: “Congratulations!  We would like you to shadow!” All rising directors in TV have heard some version of this

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For the past six months, I’ve been in the enviable position of observing other directors as they work while I’m the producing director of the CBS drama, BULL.  This is an unusual experience for me because mostly I’ve been a

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Out Of My Comfort Zone

I just directed an episode of a show that was WAY outside my comfort zone. My comfort zone is directing a heartfelt performance, of creating a scene in the ersatz environment of a soundstage that feels real and spontaneous. I

Why I Teach Directing

Because I absolutely love directing. Because I have knowledge to share. Because the business needs it. It’s not that the business needs me, per se, but the business needs someone to step up and say, “Many directors in TV today


I am not a female director, I am a good director. My gender has nothing to do with my creative vision, my leadership skills, my ability to tell a story for the screen. My gender has nothing to do with

A Trustworthy Relationship

          The fundamental relationship between director and actor is one of trust. The actor trusts that the director knows what she’s doing and will support and lead the actor to an authentic and appropriate performance. The

Directing With a Different Voice

I heard a piece of music the other day that made me rethink everything I’ve learned about the business of directing TV shows. I’ve directed over 200 episodes of prime-time network television over 30 years. I co-wrote a textbook about

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What Makes A Good Director?

 1. The passion to be a storyteller. 2. A love for actors. 3. An outgoing personality. 4. Intelligence. 5. An ability to use the camera well. 6. An outgoing personality. 7. A facility for political gamesmanship. 8. Dogged determination to

Choosing to be Happy

I am happy where I am. Just now I’m in Nashville, directing the eponymous show, and in my free time talking with area college students.  I am invariably asked if I wish that I directed movies.  The subtext I take

We “Minority” Directors

Last weekend Paris Barclay was elected President of the Directors Guild of America.  As he should be.  He is a quality director who has won Emmys, and has been producer/director of numerous shows, including Sons of Anarchy and In Treatment.