Women Directors To Know

by pyne-katie | created - 10 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Accomplished directors whose careers to keep track of and films to watch.

1. Mimi Leder

Director | On the Basis of Sex

Mimi Leder was born on January 26, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Miriam Leder. She is a producer and director, known for On the Basis of Sex (2018), The Leftovers (2014) and Deep Impact (1998). She is married to Gary Werntz. They have one child.

2. Roxann Dawson

Director | Breakthrough

Roxann Dawson was born in Los Angeles, California, to Richard and Rosalie Caballero. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (Theater Arts major). She soon landed her first role as Diana Morales in the Broadway production of "A Chorus Line". During her acting career, she performed...

4. Holly Dale

Director | Mary Kills People

Holly Dale is one of Canada's premiere film and television directors who has been making award-winning television and cinema for the past twenty-five years. She exhibits great versatility in her craft directing Television Pilots, Series, and Movies of the Week, as well as numerous Commercials, ...

5. Larysa Kondracki

Director | The Whistleblower

Larysa Kondracki was born in Toronto and studied English and theater at McGill University. She received an M.F.A. in film direction from Columbia University and directed the short film VIKO (2008) which played mainly at film festivals to widespread acclaim. The WHISTLEBLOWER is her first feature ...

6. Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Director | The Walking Dead

Gwyneth Horder-Payton is a director and assistant director, known for The Walking Dead (2010), Tyrant (2014) and The Doors (1991).

7. S.J. Clarkson

Director | The Defenders

S.J. Clarkson is a director and writer, known for The Defenders (2017), Life on Mars (2006) and Jessica Jones (2015).

8. Kate Dennis

Script_department | Cliffhanger

Kate Dennis is known for her work on Cliffhanger (1993), Secrets & Lies (2014) and The Handmaid's Tale (2017).

9. Mary Lambert

Director | Pet Sematary

Mary Lambert was born in 1951 in Helena, Arkansas, USA. She is known for her work on Pet Sematary (1989), Siesta (1987) and Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea (2011). She is married to Jerome Gary.

10. Wendey Stanzler

Director | Sex and the City

During the final season of "Sex in the City," Wendey moved from editing to directing. Although she was a show business veteran by then, she admits she was a little shy around the cast at first.

12. Tawnia McKiernan

Director | Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Father is Stephen J. Cannell.

14. Rosemary Rodriguez

Director | Silver Skies

Rosemary Rodriguez is a director and producer, known for Silver Skies (2016), The Walking Dead (2010) and Jessica Jones (2015).

15. Lesli Linka Glatter

Director | Homeland

Lesli Linka Glatter is a director of film, network, cable and premium cable television drama, with both pilots and episodes to her credit. Lesli's TV work includes Homeland (2011), The Newsroom (2012), The Walking Dead (2010), Justified (2010), Ray Donovan (2013), Masters of Sex (2013), Nashville (...

16. Kari Skogland

Director | Fifty Dead Men Walking

Award-winning director and show runner Kari Skogland is CEO of Mad Rabbit, a joint venture between her and Red Arrow Entertainment Group. As CEO, Skogland is committed to producing high-end one-hour dramas for the international market for the company, which launched in Spring 2016.

Named by ...

17. Charlotte Sieling

Director | Mesteren

Charlotte Sieling was born on July 13, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and actress, known for The Man (2017), Borgen (2010) and Elsker elsker ikke... (1995). She was previously married to Peter Langdal.

18. Charlotte Brändström

Director | Conspiracy of Silence

Born in France but raised in Sweden, France and the United States. A graduate of the Directing Program at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, Charlotte Brandstrom is truly an international Director: she speaks English, French and Swedish fluently and some Spanish and German. She has ...

19. Helen Shaver

Actress | Desert Hearts

Helen Shaver has built a lasting legacy, both behind and in front of the camera. She has directed hundreds of hours of television ranging from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) to Castle (2009), from The Unit (2006) to The Outer Limits (1995). Her film, Summer's End (1999), a Showtime ...

20. Donna Deitch

Director | Desert Hearts

Donna Deitch was born on June 8, 1945 in San Francisco, California, USA as Donna Eleanor Deitch. She is a director and editor, known for Desert Hearts (1985), Angel on My Shoulder (1998) and Heroes (2006).

21. Kate Woods

Director | Looking for Alibrandi

Gave Cate Blanchett (Police Rescue) and Hugh Jackman (Correlli) their first screen roles.

22. Rachel Talalay

Director | Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Rachel Talalay was born in Chicago Illinois. Her parents, Paul and Prudence, moved to Baltimore to work/teach at Johns Hopkins when she was 4 years old. After studying Applied Mathematics at Yale University, she worked as a computer programmer at Johns Hopkins University. During this time, she met ...

23. Bronwen Hughes

Director | The Journey Is the Destination

Bronwen Hughes is a director and producer, known for The Journey Is the Destination (2016), Forces of Nature (1999) and Motive (2013).

25. Melanie Mayron

Actress | Thirtysomething

Melanie Mayron was born on October 20, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Thirtysomething (1987), Girlfriends (1978) and Snapshots (2018).

26. Karyn Kusama

Director | The Invitation

Karyn Kusama was born on March 21, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Karyn K. Kusama. She is a director and producer, known for The Invitation (2015), Girlfight (2000) and Æon Flux (2005).

27. Laura Belsey

Director | Arrow

Laura Belsey is a director and producer, known for Arrow (2012), The Flash (2014) and S.W.A.T. (2017).

28. Lexi Alexander

Director | Hooligans

A former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion, Lexi Alexander found her calling to become a filmmaker while traveling around the world competing and teaching martial arts seminars. Born in Mannheim, Germany, Lexi dreamed of eventually moving to Hollywood and made it a point to attend every karate ...

29. Millicent Shelton

Director | 30 Rock

Millicent Shelton is a director and writer, known for 30 Rock (2006), Awkward. (2011) and The Flash (2014). She has been married to Donald Samuel since June 10, 1995. They have two children.

30. Jann Turner

Director | White Wedding

Jann Turner is a Film and TV director known for the features WHITE WEDDING and PARADISE STOP. She lives in Los Angeles.

Turner has directed episodes of The Last Ship, Scandal, The Catch, Chicago Fire, Greys Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Jane The Virgin, Grace and Frankie, Chicago PD, Chicago...

31. Alice Troughton

Director | Cucumber

Alice Troughton is an internationally acclaimed director working between the US and the UK. She is best known for her work as lead director on The Living and the Dead, the multi-award winning Cucumber and the BAFTA-winning Doctor Who episode Midnight. Her most recent work includes the Netflix's new...

32. Dennie Gordon

Director | Jack Ryan

Dennie Gordon has been a trailblazing female director her entire career; spanning the worlds of feature films, television series, mini-series and branded content. Her range of genre busting entertainment spans an unusual spectrum of comedy and drama. After being one of the first women to graduate ...

33. Zetna Fuentes

Director | How to Get Away with Murder

Zetna Fuentes is a television and theater director. She most recently directed and executive produced the pilot and second episode of the new Netflix series, "Cursed" based on the illustrated novel by Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler. Her recent credits include "The Deuce," "Ray Donovan," "The Chi,"...

34. Tricia Brock

Director | Killer Diller

Tricia Brock is a director and writer, known for Killer Diller (2004), The Walking Dead (2010) and 30 Rock (2006).

35. Jennifer Lynch

Director | Boxing Helena

Jennifer Lynch was born on April 7, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Boxing Helena (1993), Chained (2012) and Surveillance (2008).

36. April Mullen

Actress | 88

A director, actress, and producer known as much for her versatility as she is for her passion, April Mullen's latest directorial offer Below Her Mouth (2016), is a relentless love story shot entirely by an all female crew which had its World Premier at TIFF 2016. She was recently honored with the ...

37. Mairzee Almas

Director | Outlander

Mairzee Almas is an assistant director and director, known for Outlander (2014), Jessica Jones (2015) and The 100 (2014).

38. Hanelle M. Culpepper

Director | Within

Selected for the inaugural class of 2019 ReFrame Rise directors, Hanelle M. Culpepper is an energetic and unflappable award-winning director whose television credits range from superhero action adventures to thrillers and genre films to character-driven dramas. In 2019, she was chosen to direct the...

40. Nina Lopez-Corrado

Director | Mindfield

Nina Lopez-Corrado is a producer and director, known for Mindfield (2012), The Mentalist (2008) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).

41. Gloria Muzio

Director | CSI: Miami

Gloria Muzio is a director and producer, known for CSI: Miami (2002), Criminal Minds (2005) and Oz (1997).

42. Silver Tree

Director | Atypical

Silver Tree is known for her work on Atypical (2017), Shameless (2011) and You (2018).

43. Uta Briesewitz

Director | Westworld

Uta Briesewitz was born on September 1, 1967 in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She is a cinematographer and director, known for Westworld (2016), Stranger Things (2016) and Altered Carbon (2018).

44. Bethany Rooney

Director | Bull

Bethany Rooney has directed over 220 prime time network television shows, including many critically acclaimed series such as Desperate Housewives, Ally McBeal and Brothers and Sisters, as well as the American long-running classics NCIS and Criminal Minds. In 2018 she became the producing director ...

46. Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Actress | Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in the theater and, ever since, she has been on a non-stop journey to success. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the ...

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