Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Sheila Curran Bernard

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Albany, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1992, 1995

Sheila Curran Bernard is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, filmmaker, and educator. Documentary credits include Slavery By Another Name (PBS); Jerusalem (IMAX 3-D), and the PBS series “Eyes On the Prize” and “I’ll Make Me a World.” Her books include Documentary Storytelling, a pioneering work on the use of dramatic storytelling tools to strengthen nonfiction media, now going into its 5th edition (2021) and widely translated, and (with Kenn Rabin), Archival Storytelling, now going into its 2nd edition (2020). She’s led master classes and served as a jurist at festivals in Poland, Norway, Belgium, the UK and the U.S., and is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Documentary Studies Program at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she directs the Institute for History and Public Engagement.



Sheila Curran Bernard worked in the Garland studio.

Marian MacDowell and friends originally named this studio in memory of Anna Baetz, the nurse who helped care for Edward MacDowell in the waning years of his life. With generous support from the Garland family, the studio was renovated in 2013 and renamed the Peter and Mary Garland Studio. The inward opening, diamond-pane windows were replaced…

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