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Joan Tewkesbury

Country: United States
Joan Tewkesbury began her career at age ten as a dancer in MGM's The Unfinished Dance with Cyd Charisse. She was an Ostrich and Mary Martin's flying understudy in Jerome Robins’ Peter Pan and choreographed and danced in nightclubs in San Francisco and Reno Nevada. Since, she has amassed credits as a writer, director, producer and choreographer in feature film, theatre and television. For Robert Altman she wrote Thieves Like Us and scripted Altman’s classic Nashville, which starred a highly diverse cast of twenty four characters. Tewkesbury directed her first feature film, Old Boyfriends, with Talia Shire and John Belushi which was presented in Cannes at Directors Fortnight. For television, Tewkesbury wrote and directed the award-winning Acorn People, The Tenth Month with Carol Burnett, Sudie and Simpson with Lou Gossett Jr. and TNT's film Cold Sassy Tree, with Faye Dunaway and Richard Widmark. Other television writing and directing credits include Elysian Fields, a pilot for CBS, Windows for HBO, Wild Texas Wind starring Dolly Parton, On Promised Land with Joan Plowright and Scattering Dad, starring Olympia Dukakis. She has directed numerous hours of episodic television and was the consulting producer and director for The Guardian on CBS. For theatre she has written and directed Cowboy Jack Street and The Retrospective off Broadway, co-choreographed and directed Dance Card, a ballet for Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Jammed, presented at the Edinburgh Festival on the Fringe. Currently she teaches a class she created, “Designed Obstacles, Spontaneous Response” throughout the United States, Israel, Japan, Italy and Cuba. Her first novel, Ebba and the Green Dresses of Olivia Gomez in a Time of Conflict and War, was published in 2011. She is an advisor for various Sundance Labs and teaches her class at St. John’s College in New Mexico. Last year Old Boyfriends celebrated its fortieth anniversary and is currently streaming on the Criterion Channel.
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