Gail Segal

Academic Director; Associate Arts Professor; Academic Director

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Gail Segal is a writer, filmmaker and teacher. Her film work includes the Peabody Award-winning documentary Arguing the World (co-producer) and a 15-part PBS television series The Shakespeare Hour. Her most recent film is the award-winning narrative short, Filigrane, set in the U.A.E. Her current projects include 2 feature screenplays she’s written to direct -“Lila Rose” (IRIS/NYWIFT Writer’s Lab participant 2018) and “Une Famille/One Family” (La Belle Affaire Films, France). Her published writing includes the essay, "A Praise of Doubt," anthologized in the book entitled Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts and two collections of poetry: In Gravity's Pull (2002) and The Discreet Charm of Prime Ministers (2013). A book-length exploration of camera techniques, Dramatic Effects with a Movie Camera, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in 2019. Gail is an Associate Arts Professor in the Graduate Division of Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded the David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence.. She also serves as Tisch Liaison for NYU's Global Network, as well as the Area Head for Film in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. Additional information about her creative projects can be found at


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