Joan Darling

Joan Darling began her career as an actress with the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford as Viola in Twelfth Night. She starred in the award winning improvisational theater company, The Premise, with Gene Hackman, Tom Aldredge, and Ron Liebman. She starred on Broadway in Leda had a Little Swan and A Minor Adjustment. She won an Emmy for her performance in Dorothy Parker, Woven in Crazy Plaid.

She was the first woman nominated for an Emmy for directing. She has been nominated four times and won an Emmy for directing Mom's on Strike. Her episode of "The Nurses" for M.A.S.H. was nominated for an Emmy and is included in the Best of M.A.S.H. episode.

She is considered the first woman director of the modern age and blazed the way for the women who followed in her footsteps. Her first directing assignment was Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which was featured on the cover of every major magazine from Newsweek to Rolling Stone within six weeks of its debut. She followed that by directing the world famous episode "Chuckles the Clown" of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, named by the New York Times as the funniest half hour ever on television.

Her first feature, First Love was named one of the ten best by CBS. She was the first woman to direct Magnum P.I. and among her many other television credits are Rich Man, Poor Man, Doc, Rhoda, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Civil Wars.

She is renowned as a teacher (her classes in LA have had up to a five year waiting list) and is currently adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She created the "Directing the Actor" workshop for the Sundance Institute and has served as a creative advisor at the Director's lab at Sundance for the last fifteen years. She also has served as a creative advisor at the European Moonstone Labs. Joan Darling has been honored by the Museum of Broadcasting as a "Woman Who Made It."

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Erik Darling. 'I know my lines.'