Sheila Curran Bernard

Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker and author provides documentary expertise

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Sheila Curran Bernard

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: History

Film storytelling; creative nonfiction; history and media; narrative; public history; documentary

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Sheila Curran Bernard has developed and produced projects for national broadcast, theatrical release, and museum and classroom use. Recent credits include Slavery By Another Name (PBS 2012), a feature-length documentary she wrote based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

Bernard is the author of Documentary Storytelling (Focal Press 2003, 2007, 2010), now in its third edition and widely translated, and co-author of Archival Storytelling (Focal Press 2008). She has been honored with residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and holds an MFA from Goddard College.