Claudia Weill is a film, television, and theatre director. After graduating from Harvard in 1969, she made 30 short films for Sesame Street (still on the air) and directed and shot documentaries, notably This is the Home of Mrs. Levant Graham (Kennedy Journalism Award) and The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir, with Shirley MacLaine, which was released theatrically in 1975 and received an Academy Award Nomination.
She produced and directed her first feature film, Girlfriends, distributed by Warner Brothers in 1979, after winning multiple awards at Cannes, Filmex, and Sundance. She then directed It’s My Turn for Columbia Pictures, starring Jill Clayburgh and Michael Douglas, and won the Donatello (European Oscar) for Best New Director.
In 1985, she began directing television movies, pilots and series episodes. She is best known in television for multiple episodes of thirtysomething (Humanitas and Emmy Awards), My So-Called Life, Chicago Hope (Reynolds Award), Once and Again, and TV movies, notably Johnny Bull with Jason Robards, Kathy Bates, and Colleen Dewhurst, andFace of a Stranger by Marsha Norman, with Tyne Daly and Gena Rowlands, who won an Emmy for Best Actress.
Weill has directed theatre in New York at The Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle Rep and the Public Theatre where she received a Drama Desk Best Director Nomination for the premiere of Margulies’ Found a Peanut. In 2005, she directed the Los Angeles premiere of Doubt by John Shanley with Linda Hunt at the Pasadena Playhouse and Huck and Holden by Rajiv Joseph at The Black Dahlia. She has directed regionally at Williamstown, theSundance Institute, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, ACT, Empty Space and debuted many new plays at the Vineyard Playhouse.
Weill has guest taught Directing Film, Television and Theatre at Columbia, Harvard, NYU, Juilliard, Wellesley and Bard. Before coming to USC, she taught Film directing in the MFA program at California School of the Arts. She has been a juror for film festivals, mentors young writers and directors around the country and serves on the Directors’ Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is also on the Board of the Antaeus Theatre in Los Angeles where she directed a Classics Fest Production of Twelfth Night last summer. This past year, she directed several of the “Game Changers” films for the DGA 75th Anniversary and is writing a book about the art and craft of directing.