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Sheldon Larry, M.F.A.

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

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Division of Film & Television Production

Work Phone: 213.740.3317

Sheldon Larry has had a distinguished thirty-eight year career in film, television and theatre having directed and/or produced more than fifteen plays and twenty-five films. He learned his craft in Britain where he accumulated more than 300 credits with the British Broadcasting Corporation and did documentaries on Luchino Visconti, Pierpaolo Pasolini, Franco Zeffirelli, Noel Coward, and Joe Orton. And he was lucky enough to work on Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He won a National Endowment Award and moved to New York City where for the next 10 years, he worked off-Broadway as a theater director. He spent three summers at the National Playwrights Conference where he met and subsequently worked with Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell and Israel Horovitz on plays including Sorrows of Stephen, Sunday Runners In the Rain, Curse of the Starving Class and Romance Languages. He won an Obie for his production of Forty-Deuce, worked with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy on Many Faces of Love, and directed Blythe Danner and David Hyde Pierce in Candida. Among his favorite films are An American Daughter with Christine Lahti (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination); Split Images, a film adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel;  the Bradley Cooper rom-com, I Want to Mary Ryan Banks.; The First Circle, an adaptation of the novel by Alexander Solzhenityn starring Christopher Plummer and F. Murray Abraham; At The End of the Day which won a Gemini Award; Color of Love with the sublime Gena Rowlandsand Long Shadows which was nominated for an Emmy. His indie film musical, Leave It on the Floor was embraced by critics and by more than eighty film festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Berlinale, Los Angeles Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival, Frameline and OUTFEST. His most recent film, Dangerous Company has been sold both domestic and internationally and he is currently working on Beautiful Lady.  He has loved spending the past eight years teaching at USC and raising his twin daughters.