Board of Directors

AWD Founder & Co-Chair

Board Co-Chair, Treasurer, & Secretary

Board Members

Emeritus Board Members

Maria Burton

Andrew Hersh @ Thrive Entertainment, 310-209-1500

Named by Variety as "talent to watch," Maria Burton has directed 6 successful independent feature films, the latest two currently streaming: A Sort of Homecoming, and For the Love of George. Earlier films include Just Friends (AMC/WE/Netflix), Temps (Netflix), and Manna from Heaven (MGM/SONY), with an all-star cast (Oscar winners Cloris Leachman, Louise Fletcher, Shirley Jones; Wendie Malick, Shelley Duvall, Frank Gorshin, & Seymour Cassel).

Burton helms Five Sisters Productions with her real-life siblings, directing the pilot for their Emmy qualifying short form series Old Guy and producing films including the ongoing Half the History series (with Tufts University), Happiest Day of His Life (MTV/Logo), Kings, Queens & In-Betweens, and Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God (Showtime).

Burton has been selected for television directing programs including Disney/ABC, CBS, Ryan Murphy's HALF, SONY, DGA's DDI, and ProjectHER, for which she wrote + directed the short pilot, Good Eggs.

Burton served on the National Board of the DGA, as Co-Chair of DGA's WSC, and is a member of AWD and Film Fatales. She's currently prepping her 7th feature, MidLife, and is in development on projects including Mercury 13, inspired by the women tested for the original astronaut program, which has been named to the Athena List, the BitchList/Bechdel List, CineStory, and is a Nicholl Quarterfinalist.