Bruce Sheridan - Columbia College Chicago

Bruce Sheridan



Professor Bruce Sheridan teaches directing, producing, and screenwriting for drama and documentary in Cinema and Television Arts, where he was Department Chair 2001-2017. Since 2018 he has been President of CILECT, the world association of cinema, audiovisual, and media schools, and from 2014 through 2018 served as Chair of CILECT's North-American Regional Council. He 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 Frank, Spellbound, and Head Games (with Steve James). His most recent project, Our Blood Is Wine, (directed by CCC Cinema Directing MFA alumna Emily Railsback), was selected to the 2018 Berlinale. Professor Sheridan investigates creativity from the perspective of embodied and extended cognition, with the aim of developing pedagogy that is dynamic and adaptable to rapidly changing social and technological contexts. His focus is on play, collaboration, improvisation, and relationships between screen education and sustainability.

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