Bruce Sheridan - Columbia College Chicago

Bruce Sheridan



Professor Bruce Sheridan teaches directing, screenwriting, and producing in CTVA. He is a filmmaker, musician, and philosopher investigating relationships between creativity, learning, and the creative industries from the perspective of 4E cognition theories of mind. He served as Chair of CTVA from 2001-2017 and is currently Chair of CILECT North America. Professor Sheridan won the 1999 New Zealand Best Drama Award for the tele-feature Lawless, and has directed or produced several award-winning feature documentaries, including Perfectly FrankSpellbound, and Head Games. His most recent project, Our Blood Is Wine, (directed by CCC Cinema Directing alumna Emily Railsback), was selected to the 2018 Berlinale. Professor Sheridan is the author of chapters titled "Creativity Embodied and Extended" (2016), and "Play, Learning, and Creativity" (2017) for books published by Cambridge Scholars, and his essay "Screen Producing & Education in the 21st Century" appeared in The 21st Century Film, TV & Media School: Challenges; Clashes; Changes (CILECT 2016). His conference keynote presentations include “The Metamorphosis of Cinematic Experience: Exploring the Future for Screen Creators & Audiences in the World of Virtual & Augmented Reality” (Lusófona, Lisbon, 2017), “Mirror/Hammer: How Film & Television Schools Reflect and Redefine Society and Culture” (Bogota, Colombia, 2017), “Creativity Embodied and Extended: Being Human in a World of Intelligent Machines” (CNA/UFVA, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2015), and “I/WE: Collaborative Creativity & the Urban Matrix” (University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2015). Professor Sheridan holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Auckland where he is currently a PhD candidate in philosophy (completion Spring 2019).  

Instructional Areas

Directing, screenwriting, producing, documentary

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Creativity, education


B.A., Philosophy University of Auckland 2000
B.A., Philosophy University of Auckland 2001