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Barbara Schock

Chairperson; Associate Arts Professor

Barbara Schock, a Tisch School of the Arts assistant arts professor and Oscar-winning independent filmmaker/director, is the new chair of the school’s Graduate Film program. In 2011, Schock was appointed as an assistant arts professor in the Graduate Film program. She served as head of the directing area and is known for developing strong writing, directing, and directing the actor curricula. Currently, she is co-adapting the Miles Wilson story On Tour with Max, a feature-length indie film with Rex Pickett, author of Sideways, and also a television pilot, The Plains, with Norm Leonard. Schock is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and since 2005 has served on the invitation-only Executive Committee for Short Films and Feature Animation. She is a contributor to Filmmaker magazine. 

Prior to coming to New York, Schock taught at Tisch Asia for three years, overseeing the writing curriculum and second-year studies. She previously taught at Chapman University and was an invited guest lecturer at Aalto University (Helsinki) and the California Institute for the Arts. She has also taught short film master classes at the Maine Media Workshops. Schock was vice president of production at Joan Micklin Silver’s Silverfilm Productions, where she oversaw the development of screenplays from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage and novelist Alan Furst. 

In 2000, Schock directed Pickett’s My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York and earned the Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action). The film won over 15 awards from various festivals and organizations, including the DGA’s prestigious Ida Lupino Award. Schock was the assistant to David Fincher when he directed Alien 3 in London for 20th Century Fox. She also was the assistant to producer Michael Nozik on TriStar’s Thunderheart directed by Michael Apted. 

Early in her career, Schock produced two independent features, one for Island Pictures. Originally from South Dakota, Schock earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at San Diego and an M.F.A. in film directing from the American Film Institute. She was a student of the late, legendary film critic Manny Farber, whom she credits as her foremost influence. Professor Schock lives in Manhattan with her husband, John Martin, and their 15-year old daughter, Ingrid.


Directing I, Directing II, Directing III, Directing IV
Directing the Actor I, Directing the Actor II


B.A., English Literature, University of California at San Diego. M.F.A., Film Directing, American Film Institute.