Gail Segal

Academic Director; Associate Arts Professor; Academic Director

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Gail Segal is a filmmaker, poet, essayist, and teacher. After 10 years of a North Carolina education (BA, MFA) she moved to New York City to pursue her love of visual storytelling. Among her efforts:  a 15-part series for PBS, The Shakespeare Hour, a Peabody Award winning feature length documentary, Arguing the World (co-producer), and a Texas tale, Five Wives, Three Secretaries and Me. More recent films include her award-winning, narrative short, Filigrane, set in the Empty Quarter of the U.A.E. (writer/director) and a documentary portrait of women textile workers in the hill towns of Turkey, Meanwhile, in Turkey (producer, co-director). Her published writing includes two poetry collections, an essay anthologized in Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts, and forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press, Dramatic Effects with a Movie Camera. Currently she is developing two feature films, Lila Rose set in the American South and Les Forces de la Nature which follows the Filigrane characters to Provence, and the French Alps. Gail initiated a documentary practicum (1999-2000) at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  She also served as Interim Chair of NYU’s Graduate Division of Film and TV (1998-2000). As Associate Arts Professor in the Division of Graduate Film and TV, she is the Department Head of Interdisciplinary Collaborations. She is also the Film Area Head for the Department of Design for Stage and Film and the Tisch School of the Arts Liaison for NYU’s Global enterprises.


1st year: Silent Film Aesthetics
2nd year: Film Style
3rd year: Aesthetics: Narrative Film Style
Aesthetics: Genre & Script Analysis


B.A. in Politics Wake Forest University
Graduate Studies in Film and TV UNC Chapel Hill
MFA in Creative Writing Warren Wilson College