Claudia Weill


Claudia Weill is a film, television and theatre director. Her feature films include GIRLFRIENDS, selected by the Library of Congress for the National Film Register in 2019, released by Criterion, IT’S MY TURN for Columbia Pictures (Donatello Award) and THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY A CHINA MEMOIR with Shirley MacLaine about the first American Women’s Delegation to the Peoples' Republic of China, (Academy Award Nomination, 1975). In television, she has directed multiple episodes for shows such as GIRLS, THIRTY SOMETHING (Emmy & Humanitas Awards), MY SO-CALLED LIFE, CHICAGO HOPE (Reynolds Award), ONCE AND AGAIN, plus several TV/Cable movies, notably FACE OF A STRANGER by Marsha Norman (Emmy for Gena Rowlands). Her start in television was twenty short films for SESAME STREET (the mad painter series) that are still on the air. 

She also directs theatre both regionally and in NY, where she was nominated for a Drama Desk Directing Award for Margulies’ FOUND A PEANUT at the Public Theatre. Other favorites include DOUBT (Shanley) with Linda Hunt, THE BELLE of BELFAST (Edelman), TAPE (Belber) with Michael Urie, and ADAM BAUM AND THE JEW MOVIE (Goldfarb) with Tony Shaloub. 

She loves teaching, most recently an Intro to Film Directing at Sarah Lawrence College and before that Television Directing at The New School from 2016-2018, a class that she first created and taught at Columbia University School of the Arts from 2013-2015. She was on the faculty at USC for 6 years, teaching the Advanced Film Directing Class (among others) for the Graduate School of Cinema. Before that she taught second year Graduate Directing at CAL ARTS. She has also guest taught Directing for Film, Television and Theatre at Harvard University, NYU among others and Directing for Writers at USC.  

Ms. Weill was the third woman admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Director in 1981 and served on the Directors’ Executive Committee. She is preparing a documentary about the art and craft of directing and regularly mentors writers and directors.