Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Ellen Shepard

Saint Augustine's University | Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Ellen Shepard [420] | Faculty Spotlight September 12, 2011

Ellen L. Shepard, Assistant Professor in the Film & Interactive Media Department, is an award winning documentary filmmaker, productions include "Teen Rap: Discussions in Suicide" and "My Parents Are Growing Old and So Am I." Shepard is a professional screenwriter, member WGA, having written scripts for Universal Studios, Blake Edwards Productions, and Par Par Productions. She is a critiquer for screenplays and plays for the North Carolina Writers Network and also serves as an adjudicator on numerous film festivals.

In addition, Shepard serves as an Advisory Participant for the North Carolina Museum of Art's "Art of Persuasion Think Tank" and has recently been asked to join their University Advisory Council.

As a native of Los Angeles, her entertainment career spans over 20 years, which includes, Senior Producer of Documentaries and Educational Media at UCLA, and Administrator in Domestic Film Distribution & Marketing for 20th Century Fox Studios. Additionally, she served as Director of the City of Oaks School of the Arts in Raleigh, a professional filmmaking and performing arts school.

Shepard is also a theatrical director and playwright with numerous productions in L.A., including productions with such notable actors as Sally Kellerman, Carol Potter, and Bill Macy.

Shepard began her career at St. Aug's fourteen years ago when she was brought in to develop the Film portion of the then Theatre & Film Program as Artist-in-Residence and Director of Film as well as to create the Teen Summer Film Workshop (now in its 12th year).