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Amy Glazer is an award-winning director of theater and film who is known for telling moving and authentic human stories for both stage and screen. Coming from a family with deep roots in the entertainment world, Glazer has directed acclaimed plays in the United States and abroad and has turned a number of plays into well-received films. Glazer hails from Miami Beach, where she grew up with her brother Mitch, who is a screenwriter and director. Her uncle, Sydney Glazier, was an Academy Award winning film producer, and another uncle, Tom Glazer, was a renowned folk singer and songwriter. She began in the industry by directing dozens of plays at prominent Bay Area theaters and was the Associate Artistic Director of the SF Playhouse and an Associate Artist at Magic Theatre. She is also a professor of theater and film at San Jose State University.
Expanding her portfolio, she began adapting plays into films. Beautiful Dreamer, her fourth such adaptation, is an homage to the Bay Area, her home for the past 30 years. Her most recently completed film, Kepler's Dream, received the Silver Award for Family Favorite: at the Mill Valley International Film Festival. Adapted from a Y/A novel, the story is about a young girl forced to live with her estranged grandmother, which stars Holland Taylor and Kelly Lynch and which Hollywood Reporter called a "diverting family film charmer." Kepler’s Dream can be found on Amazon Prime, Showtime, Google Play, and YouTube.
Of her 2010 film, Seducing Charlie Barker, (Theresa Rebeck), which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Everything about this movie feels right.” and went on to win numerous awards. These include the Grand Prize Award at the Canada International Film Festival, Best American Indie Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, and Best Filmmaker Award at the Jersey Shore Film Festival. Other films include Drifting Elegant (Steven Belber) and a short, Ball Lightning (Barry Gifford) which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival.
Prior theater directing credits include Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy at San Jose Rep and Seminar at SF Playhouse, for which she won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Amy Glazer’s theatre directing resume includes dozens of critically acclaimed productions for Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Eureka Theatre, TheatreWorks, SJ Stage Company and the Assembly Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.