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Helaine Head

Associate Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production

Work Phone: 213.808.6030
Office: SCA 402

Helaine Head is a television director whose extensive credits include Cagney And Lacey (1982), St. Elsewhere (1982), L.A. Law (1987-1988), Wiseguy (1987), Law And Order (1994), Touched By An Angel (1994), Frank's Place (1987), Soul Food (2000), Sisters, Tour Of Duty  and numerous others. She teaches directing courses include single camera television along with intermediate directing and the production experience.

Head received the Director's Guild Award for You Must Remember This and directed My Past Is My Own with Whoopi Goldberg which received the Humanitas Prize and several Emmy nominations.  She also directed Simple Justice, a PBS movie about Thurgood Marshall's struggle to overcome the "separate but equal" laws. As a theater director, her work includes The Liar, Ain't Supposed To Die A Natural Death and The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds for the American Conservatory Theatre.