Notable Alumni Directors

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Lee Breuer (B.A. ’58) Mabou Mines' Dollhouse

Kate Cherry Artistic Director, Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth, Australia

Shirley Jo Finney (M.F.A. '73) Winnie

Kristin Hanggi (B.A. ’98) Rock of Ages

Brian Kite (B.A. '91, M.F.A. '04) American Idiot

John Rando (M.F.A. ’88) Urinetown, The Wedding Singer


Allison Anders (B.A. '86) Mi Vida Loca, Murder in the First

Mike B. Anderson (M.F.A. '90) The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie

Daniel Attias (M.F.A. '83) The Sopranos, Homeland, Six Feet Under, Ray Donovan, House

Carlos Avila (M.F.A. '91) Price of Glory, Grimm

* Paul Bartel (B.A. '61) Deathrace 2000, Eating Raoul

Bruce Bilson (B.A. '50) Get Smart, The Odd Couple

Shane Black (B.A. '83) Iron Man 3, The Predator

Charles Burnett (B.A. '69, M.F.A. '77) Killer of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger

Patricia Cardoso (M.F.A. '94) Real Women Have Curves, The Water Carrier of Cucunuba

Francis Ford Coppola (M.F.A. '67) The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now

Alex Cox Repo Man, Sid and Nancy

Julie Dash (M.F.A. '85) Daughters of the Dust, The Rosa Parks Story

Jonathan Dayton (B.A. '80) Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks

Donna Deitch (M.F.A. '76) Desert Hearts The Women of Brewster Place

Chris Eska (M.F.A. '03) The Retrieval

* Jamaa Fanaka (B.A. '73, M.F.A. '79) Penitentiary

* Tom Graeff (B.A. '52) Teenagers From Outer Space

David Harrison (M.F.A. '08) How Do I Say This?

Catherine Hardwicke Thirteen Twilight

* Kayo Hatta (M.F.A. '91) Picture Bride

Charles Herman-Wurmfeld Kissing Jessica Stein, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

Todd Holland (B.A. '83) Malcolm in the Middle, The Real O'Neals

Louis J. Horvitz (B.A. '68) multiple Academy Awards and Emmy Awards shows

Neal Jimenez (B.A. '83) The Waterdance

Gil Kenan (M.F.A. '02) Monster House City of Ember

Susan Kramer Gray Matters

Bob Lally (B.A. '59, M.A. '60) The Jeffersons, Silver Spoons

Justin Lin (B.A. '95) Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious 6

Ramon Menendez Stand and Deliver, Money for Nothing

Nina Menkes (M.F.A. '89) Phantom Love

Niels Mueller (M.F.A. '89) The Assassination of Richard Nixon

Michael Nankin (B.A. '77) Battlestar Galactica, Life Goes On, Van Helsing

Gregory Nava (B.A. '71, M.F.A. '76) American Family, Selena, Bordertown

Alexander Payne (M.F.A. '90) The Descendants, Nebraska

Gina Prince-Bythewood (B.A. '91) Beyond the Lights, The Secret Life of Bees, Shots Fired

Billy Ray (B.A. '85) Shattered Glass, Breach

Rob Reiner A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally

Tim Robbins (B.A. '82) Dead Man Walking, Cradle Will Rock

Bobby Roth (B.A. '75) Prison Break, Berkeley

* Richard Rush The Stunt Man, Color of Night

* Denis Sanders (B.A. '52, M.F.A. ’55) A Time Out of War, Crime and Punishment USA

Jay Sandrich (B.A. '53) Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Cosby Show

Paul Schrader (M.A. '70) Auto Focus, Affliction

Tom Shadyac Bruce Almighty, Liar, Liar

Chuck Sheetz (B.A. '83) Recess: School's Out, What's New, Scooby-Doo?

Brad Silberling (M.F.A. '87) Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Jane the Virgin

David Silverman (B.A. '79, M.F.A. '83) Monsters Inc., The Simpsons Movie

Penelope Spheeris (B.A. '69, M.A. '73) Wayne's World, The Decline of Western Civilization

Ham Tran (B.A. '03) Journey From the Fall

Gore Verbinski (B.A. '87) Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Rango

Kurt Voss Down and out With the Dolls, Sugar Town

Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol Legend of Suriothai, King of Fire


Kevin Scharff (M.F.A. '97) Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Legendary

Sunil Thankamushy (M.F.A. '01) Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Legendary


David Koepp (B.A. '90) Mission: Impossible, Angels & Demons, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Billy Ray (B.A. ’85) Captain Phillips

Paul Schrader (M.A. ’70) Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Raging Bull

* Deceased