Sheila Curran Bernard

Sheila Curran Bernard is a writer, filmmaker, and consultant with expertise in using the tools of dramatic storytelling to enhance the power and appeal of fact-based media. Most recently, she wrote the documentary Slavery by Another Name, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon, and received story credit for her work on the dramatic feature Inside Story, the centerpiece of an ambitious pan-African health initiative.

Bernard’s other theatrical and broadcast credits include films and series for HBO, Lifetime, and PBS, including the series Eyes on the Prize, I’ll Make Me a World, This Far By Faith, and School: The Story of American Public Education. She is the author of Documentary Storytelling , now in third edition and available in Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Polish, and co-author with Kenn Rabin of Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music .

Recognition for Bernard’s work includes a national Emmy Award for writing, the George Foster Peabody Award, the Cine Golden Eagle, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. She has been honored with fellowships at the MacDowell Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Goddard College.

Bernard has served as the Dorothy M. Healy Visiting Professor at Westbrook College and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton University. She currently holds a joint appointment in history and documentary studies at the University at Albany, SUNY.

More information can be found at her website.