Filmmaker Peter Shushtari teaches Acting for the Camera and Acting and Performance in Film, as well as the M.F.A. Film Acting Workshop in the Department of Theater.
His first feature-length film, Shakespeare…In and Out, was invited to lead off the Independent Feature Project West premier series and later received domestic and international distribution in more than 15 countries, including England, France and Germany. Shushtari has made several short films that have received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Nissan Focus Award and the Trimark Visionaries Award. He has optioned screenplays for Buckeye Productions and his work includes writing and directing 20 episodes of educational programs that have appeared on PBS affiliates throughout the U.S. He is the co-creator of the popular TV series Ingles Ya!, which features the critically acclaimed seriocomic novella The Engagement that has been broadcast in Mexico and regions of the U.S. Shushtari also has extensive commercial experience as a producer and director of promotional ads for companies such as Fiat, Ford, and Marcus & Millichap. In recent years, he was brought in by LAUSD as a multimedia educational materials developer to help launch four interactive educational programs, which have reached more than 300,000 students.
In addition to teaching at UCLA TFT, Shushtari is the co-founder of the Film Development Workshop Project Tambourine Kite. He is currently directing the pilot episode of the reality show Psychos in the Kitchen, and is working on two feature-length screenplays, Lake Huron and The Last Housewife, which are part of a trilogy that takes place in his home state of Michigan.
Shushtari earned a B.S. in TV/Film from San Diego State University and an M.F.A. in film directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.