Sharon Zurek - Columbia College Chicago

Sharon Zurek

Professor of Instruction



Editor - Post Production Supervisor

Professor of Instruction - Cinema and Television Arts, Post-production

Faculty Advisor - Editors Guild of Columbia

Sharon Zurek is a Professor of Instruction in Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago and the advisor to the Editors Guild of Columbia. Her primary interest has been working with students during the postproduction phase of filmmaking where the final story is told. Her strengths are in preparing her students for a professional career in the film industry by mentoring them as their skills and talents evolve.

Sharon is the owner of Black Cat Productions in Chicago and enjoys working on independent features and social issue documentaries, especially those focusing on strong women and queer content. She co-produced and edited The G-Force, a documentary about grandparents who raise their grandchildren, which premiered at the 2018 Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center. She edited and produced the award winning LGBTQ+ feature, Hannah Free and many other features and short films. Her documentary, A Mind in Quicksand: Life with Huntington’s, aired nationally on public broadcasting stations from 2015-2019.

With solid technical skills in postproduction and years in production, Sharon understands what it takes to get the material from the written page to the screen and the importance of nurturing successful creative collaborations. She is the Board President of Chicago Filmmakers, a not-for-profit media arts organization that fosters the creation of film and video as media for important social and community impact.

Columbia College Chicago, BA in FIlm & Theater

Instructional Areas

Post-Production, Editing, Post Production Supervision, Producing, Directing, Career Planning, Documentary.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Feminism, LGBTQ+, Social Justice, Environment.