AWD Founder & Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair, Secretary & Treasurer
Emeritus Board Members
Alexis Ostrander is an award-winning and Emmy nominated director with a penchant for raw, human stories. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and was part of the 40th annual AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Alexis’ short film THE HAIRCUT premiered at AFI FEST in 2014 and has played over 45 festivals, garnering 13 awards. Alexis received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, Creative District Grant, Impact First Films Grant, and The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation Grant for THE HAIRCUT. She participated as a Clinic Fellow in the 2015 Sundance Female Filmmakers Initiative Financing Intensive. In 2016, she was selected for the Ryan Murphy Half Foundation Mentorship Program and subsequently directed the penultimate episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE for FX. She was a participant in the Fox Filmmakers Lab and Fox Global Directors Initiative and was a drama fellow for the apprenticeship program on HOMELAND.
Alexis was one of five directors in the inaugural Warner Bros. Emerging Film Directors Workshop and directed a grounded sci-fi short film, SENSUM, which premiered on HBO Go. After completing the 2017 Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop, she has directed episodes of RIVERDALE on CW, SHADOWHUNTERS on Freeform, THE ARRANGEMENT on E!, DEADLY CLASS on Syfy, PEARSON for USA, SUPERGIRL for CW, SERVANT for Apple, SWAMP THING for the DC Universe, IMPULSE for YouTube Red and CONDOR for AT&T Audience Network. Alexis directed the pilot, second episode, and finale block of LIGHT AS A FEATHER for Hulu. She is Emmy nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Digital Drama Series for LIGHT AS A FEATHER.