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Sharon E. Doyle

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Sharon Elizabeth Doyle graduated from Cornell University twice, first with a BA in Theater and then she graduated with an MFA in Acting.  After apprenticing at Arena Stage, she cofounded a theater company, writing and directing four plays.  One of them, In Other Words, is published by Dramatic Publishing. 

She started writing for PBS, creating several award winning documentaries – winning a silver medal at the New York Film and Television Festival for The Rhyme and Reason of Politics and a CINE Golden Eagle for South Carolina and the United States

Her first WGA script was for American Playhouse and called Nobody’s Blues but Mine.  Her first series was Cagney and Lacey, and followed that with 21 Jump Street.  An episode concerning the Underground Railroad for Salvadoran refugees won an Imagen award.   She continued series work, writing pilots and was supervising producer NERO WOLF on A&E.   In between she wrote many many television movies, eight of which were produced.   She was nominated for a CABLE ACE for Stolen Babies

Most recently Sharon directed One Small Step, a documentary on a girl’s school in Northwest Pakistan, traveling there twice.  She was invited to be part of the founding faculty of the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan.  A project of his Majesty King Abdullah, the students were drawn from all over the Arab world.  She went for a semester and stayed four years, and learned far more than she taught.  She has taught all her life, and has been a Lecturer at USC since 1999.  She is married with three grown children, a dog and seven chickens.