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TV Director Bethany Rooney: Master Class at Watkins

at Watkins College of Art, Nashville TN

Feb 24
TV Director Bethany Rooney: Master Class at Watkins

Director Bethany Rooney, with more than 200 episodes of prime-time television during a 30-year Hollywood career to her credit, conducts a master class on directing for TV at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

Bethany Rooney, who has directed more than 200 episodes of prime-time television during her lengthy career, speaks at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. A recent episode she directed of the CBS stalwart Criminal Minds will be screened at 6 p.m., followed by a Q & A session.

Ms. Rooney is in town to direct an episode of the ABC-TV series Nashville; she previously spoke at the Film School in November 2013, when shooting a second-season episode of the show. Richard Gershman, chair of The Film School at Watkins, will facilitate the master class-session in the Watkins Theater, discussing the roles and responsibilities of a television director and her involvement with some of entertainment’s most iconic shows.

Ms. Rooney’s three-decades career has defied the odds of Hollywood: In a business where less than fifteen percent of directors are women, she has been at the helm of more than 200 hours of single-camera, narrative, prime-time television. A partial list of her series credits includes Criminal Minds, Scandal, NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, 90210, Rizzoli & Isles, Castle, Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, and Pretty Little Liars.

“If you have had a favorite TV drama in the last 20 years, there’s a good chance Bethany Rooney has worked on it,” said Professor Gershman, a fellow DGA member who met her in Los Angeles early in their careers. “Her experience rivals any television director working in this field. For perspective, 200 hours is enough episodes to fill about eight seasons of an episodic show.”

Bethany Rooney began her directing career on the 1980’s iconic television show, St. Elsewhere, where she had served as associate producer. Additional directing credits include the series Desperate Housewives, Arrow, Ally McBeal, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, In Plain Sight, Boston Public, Weeds, Parenthood, One Tree Hill, Dr. Quinn and Drop Dead Diva, and eight television movies (with three Danielle Steel adaptations for NBC).


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Additional time info:

Screening of “Criminal Minds” episode (48 min., directed by Ms. Rooney) begins at 6 p.m.; discussion immediately following

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Watkins College of Art

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228

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