Industry Events

Alliance of Women Directors is proud to share this special limited Tea series in partnership with TCM. Join us for discussions with powerhouse women directors about their celebrated films and careers! 


The first TCM Tea with AWD is a wonderful conversation celebrating the phenomenal Julie Dash and her historic film DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, moderated by Jacqueline Stewart and introduced by AWD member Twinkie Byrd. Follow this link to watch on the AWD YouTube Channel.

Alliance of Women Directors is thrilled to bring you Special-Teas with AWD, supported by Netflix. This series of webinars feature Executive Producers, Directors, and Showrunners discussing their critically-acclaimed Netflix Shows. 










Our first Special-Tea is a discussion with Showrunner/EP Susannah Grant and EP Sarah Timberman, moderated by AWD Emeritus Board Member Alexis Ostrander, about Netflix’s limited series “Unbelievable.”

Topics included:

  • Shooting delicate material: how to create a safe environment for actors on set when filming sensitive/emotionally charged material
  • Adapting material from real life stories: honoring the lives of real individuals while dramatizing them
  • The collaborative process among the creative team (writer, director, producer): best practices for creating a positive working relationship
  • Determining tone: taking the words on the page and building the visual world of the piece 

Watch the Special-Tea HERE.
Bios of guests and moderator can be found on the EVENT PAGE.


We are thrilled to bring you another Special-Tea with AWD, supported by Netflix. This chat was about season two of the Netflix original series “Dead to Me” with Creator and EP Liz Feldman, and Directors Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and Silver Tree. The discussion was moderated by AWD Executive Board Member Nikki Braendlin.

Topics included:

  • Establishing the tone of a show
  • Grounding a narrative in both in humor and pathos
  • Balancing intimacy with wild plot points
  • Working as a Guest Director

Watch the Special-Tea HERE.
Bios of guests can be found on the EVENT PAGE.


Join AWD Executive Board Member Kim Furst and Director Jessica Hobbs for our third Special-Tea with AWD as they discuss the episodes Jessica directed for season three of the Netflix original series “The Crown” following the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

EPISODES to be discussed:

  • “Moondust” – Episode 307
  • “Cri de Coeur” – Episode 310

Topics will include:

  • Directing historical drama
  • Navigating fact vs fiction
  • Working with the production team

Watch the Special-Tea HERE.
Bios of guest can be found on the EVENT PAGE.


We are excited to have launched our Q&A Series, “Sunday Tea with AWD” featuring many of our incredible Advisory Board and Honorary Board members, and high-profile industry guests. Join us each week as our speakers share their expertise on a wide range of topics related to the art of telling stories in film, television, and new media. 


Past guests include prolific directors Mary Lou Belli and Bethany Rooney, EP/Director Lesli Linka Glatter, Showrunner Marc Guggenheim, multi-hyphenate Aisha Tyler, and director Rosemary Rodriguez.

Check out our calendar for future guests, or sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date on all our Teas.


Gala honoring Ilene Chaiken, Greg Berlanti and the We Do It Together organization for their work toward gender parity in the entertainment industry. AWD member Jen McGowan was awarded the Alliance of Women Directors Breakout Award for Excellence in Directing.

Salon with Director & Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, Melissa Goodman, to discuss solutions to pressing issue of lack of gender equality in Hollywood.

American Film Market (AFM) panel highlighting how women-driven stories can expand audiences and profitability. Moderated by Wendy Calhoun, panelists included AWD member Jen McGowan, Geena Davis, Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand.

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