Patricia Kaplan

Gallatin Independent Study Participation; Adjunct Instructor

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The Art of the Interview

M.A. New York University (Fine Arts)
Ph.D City University of New York (Art History)

Patti Kaplan is an award-winning producer, director of documentary, arts and family programming for television.

Ms. Kaplan has had a long relationship with HBO whichbegan in 1988, when she produced the multi-award wining series for young people, “Encyclopedia”. She then developed, produced and directed the successful documentary series, “Real Sex,” in addition to “G-String Divas” and the current HBO series, “Cathouse”. 

Ms. Kaplan has also produced and directed several feature documentary specials, including: ”Wild Cards” featured at the Slamdance Film Festival; and “Dragtime”, which was honored in several film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Kaplan holds a doctorate in Art History. She began graduate studies in Fine Arts at Harvard University and completed her M.A. at NYU Institute of Fine Arts. She went on to receive her Ph.D. at the City University of New York where she taught Art History and curated art exhibitions and wrote art criticism for Art in America, Art News and Art Journal among others. Her publications include an anthology she compiled and edited, “Major European Art Movements, 1900-1945.”

Patti Kaplan was a Guest Lecturer at the Graduate Program in Social Documentary at the School of Visual Arts in 2012. She has taught workshops in the technique of interviewing and served as a consultant for student filmmakers.

Patti Kaplan is a member of the Directors Guild of America, New York Women in Film and TV and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.