Joan Horvath


Her work as Director-Writer-Producer has earned Joan Horvath multiple awards including CINE Golden Eagles, American Film Festival Blue Ribbons and Columbus Film Festival Chris Awards. Her Documentary on children and poverty, Jenny Is a Good Thing, won her an Academy Award Nomination. Her Documentary on immigration, Nobody Goes There, was chosen as the U.S.entry in the Oberhausen (Germany) Film Festival and selected for the collection of the National Immigration Museum at Ellis Island. Her Documentary, Angry, was shown at New York’s Lincoln Center’s Movies for Kids. For PBS, Joan created a series of films for the Children's Television Workshop's Sesame Street. She wrote and directed Family Follies, a musical for Harcourt Brace Publishers, and, subsequently, Woman-Child, a docu-drama for the National Birth Defects Foundation. She was a writer for Today's Health, a syndicated TV talk show on wellness. Joan was film and video Critic for Report magazine, National Board of Review and Mothering magazine, and the author of Filmmaking for Beginners, a juvenile best-seller. She was a consultant for the state of West Virginia for a Documentary on Rural Health. 

Prior to Film, Joan Horvath worked as a Director-Producer in the Theatre. Initially a Director's Assistant for such landmark Broadway productions as The Lark, The Most Happy Fella and A Clearing in the Woods, she was invited to become a member of the Original Director's Unit of the Actors Studio.  Off-Broadway she produced And the Wind Blows, by Edgar da Rocha Miranda, the first Brazilian drama to be done in the United States – and directed Michael Hastings’ Don't Destroy Me in the British playwright’s American debut. At the prestigious Westport Playhouse in Connecticut, she directed experimental works by new playwrights. Among the actors she has worked with are Charles Grodin, James Coburn, Burt Lancaster, Lane Bradbury, Joan Kobin and Peter Bogdanovich.


Directing the Actor 
Acting for the Camera Workshop


B.F.A., Columbia University