W. Tom Wheatley
William Tom Wheatley began teaching acting and directing in the Department of Theater in 1973.
A native of New York, Wheatley received his master’s degree in theater from Columbia University in 1956 and his Ph.D. from New York University in 1965. As a student, he was the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships: to Japan in 1963 and Colombia in 1966.
After graduation, he became a member of the Actors Studio in New York, and began his professional career as "Tom Wheatley."
He performed in several Off-Broadway productions, including The Cat and the Canary and Ping Pong. On Broadway, Wheatley appeared in The Shadow of a Gunman and later created the role of Andrew in All the Way Home, alongside Colleen Dewhurst, Lillian Gish and Arthur Hill. Under the direction of Arthur Penn, the production won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award as Best Play of the Year in 1961.
Other credits include performing in New York’s Central Park Shakespeare Festival, and with A.C.T. in San Francisco. In Hollywood, he performed as the "silent Lear" in Robert Wilson's production of King Lear, and worked opposite Burgess Meredith in The Threepenny Opera. He also directed and performed in the London Fringe Theater Festival. He passed away on Oct. 19, 2021.
Professor Emeritus Recall
During his 50 years on the UCLA faculty, Howard Suber helped establish and also chaired the Critical Studies and Ph.D. programs, UCLA Film & Television Archive and the UCLA TFT Producers Program. He is a former UCLA TFT associate dean.
He is a recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the prestigious 2013-2014 Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a retired UCLA faculty member. He has also been a consultant and expert witness to all the major film studios on copyright and creative control issues, and he continues to teach the UCLA TFT courses "Film Structure" and "Strategic Thinking in the Film and Television Industries."
He is the author of The Power of Film (2006) and Letters to Young Filmmakers (2012).
Professor Emeritus; former Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Educator, critic, preservationist and former dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Robert Rosen has spoken at scholarly, public, and professional meetings in more than twenty nations on subjects related to film criticism, media history, and curatorship. He has published widely in the field of media preservation and has guided the growth of the UCLA Film & Television Archive from a small study collection to the world’s largest university-based holding of original film and television materials.
As a preservationist and historian, he has occupied many positions of leadership in the field. These include: Founding Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute, the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Film Archives, member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, and Board Member of the Stanford Theater Foundation and the Geffen Playhouse. With Martin Scorsese he was the organizer of the Film foundation on which he currently serves as the founding Chair of the Archivists Council. Rosen was decorated by the French Government as an Officer of Arts and Letters and was awarded the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award for Scholarship and Preservation. For ten years he was the film critic for KCRW National Public Radio and he is an active member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He stepped down as dean of the School in July 2009.
Film and television director Jerzy Antczak was the co-founder, artistic director and chief producer of Masterpiece Theater on Polish Television. His film directing credits include Nights and Days, for which he received his native Poland’s highest state honors and, in the United States, an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. He is currently developing a feature film on the life of composer Frederick Chopin.
Nick Browne's diverse list of publications includes Refiguring American Film Genres: History and Theory; New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics (co-editor); Cahiers Du Cinema, 1969-1972: The Politics of Representation; The Rhetoric of Filmic Narration and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Trilogy. Browne is also directing a comprehensive study of violence in contemporary film.
Professor Emeritus / Distinguished Research Professor
Gyula Gazdag is a director of film, theater and television. He was a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television from 1993-2015 and has served as the artistic director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab since 1997.
His numerous feature films include A Hungarian Fairy Tale (1987), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival. Named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the Village Voice and the Best Feature Film of the year by the Hungarian Film Critics Awards, it screened at 20 film festivals worldwide, including the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
Gazdag’s other films include Stand Off (1989), which won a Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival; Lost Illusions (1983), named Best Screenplay by Hungarian Film Week; Singing on the Treadmill (1974); The Whistling Cobblestone (1971), named Best First Feature by the Hungarian Film Critics Awards; and Swap.
Gazdag has also directed many documentaries, including A Poet on the Lower East Side: A Docu-Diary on Allen Ginsberg (1997); Hungarian Chronicles (1991); Berlinale Forum entrant Package Tour (1985); The Banquet (1982); The Resolution (1972), named on one of the best 100 documentaries of all time by the International Documentary Association; The Selection (1970) and The Long Distance Runner (1969).
Most of Gazdag’s films were banned for shorter or longer periods of time in communist Hungary; some also had been denied foreign exhibition.
For the stage, he directed Candide, The Bald Soprano, The Abduction From the Seraglio, The Tempest, Tom Jones and The Hothouse, among many others.
Gazdag has been a creative advisor at the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam since 2002 and at the Script Station of the Berlinale Talent Campus since 2006.