SVA Film & Animation
FACULTY: Todd Stephens





Writer, Producer, Director

From Day One, my students make films. “Learn by doing” is my mantra as an instructor. I ask a lot of my students as they are required make several films throughout the year. Teaching narrative dramatic structure is my prime mission, as I value a good story above all. I challenge my students to not only make films about people we care about, but to also put their own lives up on the screen.

I draw from my personal experience to demonstrate how a director works with both cast and crew. Throughout the year, numerous industry professionals visit my classes to discuss and demonstrate the magical art of collaboration. For me, this collaboration is what making movies is all about. 

As a filmmaker, my main goal is get my entire production to “dream the same dream.” As a teacher, I do everything I can to nurture the dreams of my students.


BFA, New York University

Feature Films: Edge of Seventeen, Gypsy 83, Another Gay Movie, Another Gay Sequel

Sundance, Tribeca, Seattle International

“One of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film,” Filmmaker; Best Screenplay/Feature Film, Outfest Los Angeles; Best Director, Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; “Out 100,” Out

Introduction to Production

Directing 1 (Continuing Education)