Bio

Gail Lerner’s first film, Seraglio, jointly written and directed with Colin Campbell, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Live Action Short Film category. It won Best Short Film at the Deauville Film Festival, and a Certificate of Merit in the San Francisco International Film Festival. Additionally, she has directed an episode of Happy Endings — Kickball 2: The Kickening.

As a television writer/producer, credits include Ben and Kate, Happy Endings, Ugly Betty, and Andy Barker, PI. Her four seasons on Will & Grace have earned her three Emmy award nominations.

She holds an MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University, where she studied under Andrei Serban, Anne Bogart, and Robert Woodruff. New York productions include: Ivona, Princess of Burgundia by Witold Gombrowicz; an original adaptation of Plautus’ Pseudolus; Romeo and Juliet; Taming of the Shrew, and West Side Story.

Gail also has extensive improv experience. As a long-time member of The Pollyannas, a long-form improv company in New York, she has performed and taught improv for many years, as well as creating and directing Bucket of Blood — a night of fully improvised, full-length Jacobean tragedies.

Additionally, she is a founding member of the Unusual Suspects, a non-profit organization, which teaches youths in juvenile hall and group homes how to create and stage group-written plays via improvisation and collaboration. She has taught writing and improvisation workshops to underserved students and adults in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

For a complete list of Gail’s credits, please go to Gail Lerner’s IMDB page.