Betty Thomas began her career performing at The Second City Theatre with the likes of Bill Murray and John Candy, becoming the first woman to direct one of their MainStage theatre productions. Deft at drama as well as comedy, Ms. Thomas won an EMMY for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Lucille Bates on “Hill Street Blues.”
Segueing into directing film and television, Ms. Thomas won her second EMMY, for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (“Dream On”). She was the first woman to win this award. Other directing accolades include a CABLE ACE AWARD, Women In Film’s DOROTHY AZNER DIRECTORS AWARD and a DGA AWARD for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials (“The Late Shift”). As a film director, Ms. Thomas has helmed the blockbusters DOCTOR DOLITTLE (Top 5 in yearly Box Office), 28 DAYS, I SPY, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE and ALIVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS—THE SQUEAKQUEL (Top 2 in yearly Box Office). She has directed multiple television pilots and is a prolific producer (CHARLIE’S ANGELES 1 and 2, 28 DAYS, CAN’T HARDLY WAIT, GUESS WHO, etc.). Ms. Thomas has several projects in development, and is currently casting her next feature, IMPROV GURU.