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. Joan starred on Broadway in Leda Had a Little Swan and A Minor Adjustment and won an Emmy for her performance in Dorothy Parker, Woven in Crazy Plaid.  Joan was the first woman nominated for an Emmy for directing. She has been nominated four times and won an Emmy and a DGA award for directing "Mom's on Strike". Her M.A.S.H. episode, "The Nurses", was nominated for an Emmy and is included in the "Best of M.A.S.H." episode.  Joan 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 for 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 and the number one episode of all time by TV Guide.  Her first feature, First Love, was named one of the ten best by CBS.  Joan is renowned as a teacher  and her classes in LA have had up to a five year waiting list. 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. Joan Darling has been honored by the Museum of Broadcasting as a "Woman Who Made It." And in the 80th Anniversary issue of the Hollywood Reporter, the funeral scene from "Chuckles" was named as the eighth best moment in television history.