Member Spotlight – Asha Chai-Chang

AWD Member Asha Chai-Chang is an award-winning Writer/Director and Emmy-nominated Producer. A first-generation Afro-Latina and Caribbean-Asian American with disabilities, Asha is a stigma disruptor as a Yale graduate and former finance professional turned production company owner. Asha is making strides as a 2022 TV Writer Fellow in the Inaugural … Read On ›

December Member News

Niki Koss AWD Member Niki Koss is set to direct Homeschooled, a documentary about homeschooled high schoolers in Texas. The heartwarming doc will follow 6 high schoolers, all homeschooled for different reasons, as they emotionally prepare for the end of the year "Homeschooler's Prom". Homeschooled will begin production … Read On ›

November Member News

Kelly Sarri AWD Member Kelly Sarri directed directed the first fictional series made exclusively for Instagram and Tik Tok called Gynarchy. The series, available on both platforms, is a minimalistic post-apocalyptic manless tale of a three-generation family of women that navigates life in an all-female colony. Follow along with … Read On ›

Directing the Actor Lab 2022 Graduates

Taught by AWD Founder and USC Professor Jennifer Warren, AWD’s Directing the Actor program meets for monthly sessions over a nine month period, covering various topics such as in-depth scene breakdowns, rehearsal exercises and techniques, and playable direction and adjustments for actors. Last month, the graduating AWD Members … Read On ›

October Member News

Rachel Goldberg AWD Emeritus Board Member Rachel Goldberg recently directed A Friend of the Family, which will be released on Peacock on Oct 6th. She directed episodes 2 and 4. A Friend of the Family tells the harrowing true story of the Broberg family, whose daughter Jan … Read On ›

Member Spotlight – Joslyn Rose Lyons

AWD Member Joslyn Rose Lyons has directed and produced a diverse range of Award-Winning content in film and television for more than a decade, including work with BET, MTV, UNINTERRUPTED, Warner Bros. Pictures, OWN, Discovery, Lionsgate and STARZ.  In August, Variety shared a press announcement for Stand, an upcoming documentary … Read On ›

Member Spotlight – Monique Younger

AWD Member Monique Younger is on the leadership team of AWD South and Chairs the Events Committee. Born and bred in Queens, NY, Monique made her directorial debut in 2006 with the documentary Finally Sayin' What I Really Mean... In addition to being a director, Monique has … Read On ›

September Member News

Zuzana Gedeon AWD Member Zuzana Gedeon's recent film, Maybe, was a runner-up at the Montana 48 Hour Film Project 2022. Follow along with more of Zuzana's work on Instagram and Facebook. Tamara Ruppart AWD Member Tamara Ruppart has signed on to direct the L.A. Premiere of BROKEN STORY by Cyndy A. … Read On ›

Member Spotlight – Kameishia Wooten

AWD Board Member Kameishia Wooten is a passionate Director, Writer, and Creative Producer who creates provoking, inclusive, socially impactful stories for TV & Film. Most recently, Kameishia’s short film, Destiny’s Road, received Best Short at the 2020 Black Truth Film Festival and Honorable Mention at the 2020 … Read On ›

Member Spotlight – Anna Sang Park

Born in South Korea, AWD Member Anna Sang Park grew up in Seoul, then Philadelphia. An award-winning, multifaceted filmmaker, she is the writer and director of the short film trilogy, THE CHO STORIES (2021), which won the Audience Award for short film at the 2021 Middlebury New … Read On ›