SVA Film & Animation
FACULTY: Joan Brooker-Marks





Documentarian, Writer

What initially attracted me to SVA—and what continues to engage me—is our ongoing dialogue about the ways imagination can be expanded, explored, and released through arts education.

As we encourage our students to represent lived-life experiences with thoughtfulness, we are also confronted with a media that often distorts or fabricates the realities of the day, requiring critical and conscious conversations that help to make meaning of the world we live in. As educators at SVA, we have the opportunity to help students develop the necessary skills to interpret these meanings and transform them into examined and aesthetic representations that will both engage and enlighten.


BA: San Diego State

MA: Teachers College, Columbia University

EdM: Teachers College, Columbia University

Television Writing:  Designing Women, Full House, McGyver, Benson, Charles in Charge, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, etc.

Features:  Last Summer at Blue Fish Cove, Second Chance, Inside/Out

Documentaries:  We Got Us, The Loud Ladies of Southfork, A Parkwork Orange, Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone, The Silent Truth

Full Frame Documentary Festival, IDFA, IDA, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival, Big Muddy, Durango International Film Festival, Seattle Documentary Film Festival, Paley Center Documentary Festival,  Women’s Festivals, etc.

Various – Best Short Doc, Audience Awards

Advanced Writing and Directing

Documentary Production

Fundamentals of Narrative

Masterclass in Screenwriting

Television Writing

Writing and Directing Workshop