WHO I AM
SYDNEY SIDNER is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and educator.
Syd created the pilot MERIDIAN HILLS which she sold to the CW. She also co-wrote a pilot (reboot) of CHARMED for CBS. Her other works include her most recent feature TOUGH LOVE, as well as GETTING BUDDHA BACK and the TV pilots: BLISS CITY, TIOGA LAKE, ROUGE, and INDISPOSED a short, produced by Warner Bros. for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
She has taught original TV pilot writing at Stony Brook’s M.F.A. film program in Manhattan, screenwriting and pilot writing at Columbia, spec writing for television at NYU, theater at The Dalton School as well as theater and screenwriting at Northwestern University’s National High School Institute (NHSI).
Sydney has an extensive background in screenwriting and theater. After receiving a BFA in acting from Carnegie-Mellon, she went to New York and began directing plays at venues including Manhattan Class Company, Circle Rep, Lincoln Center, The National Theater of London, and Williamstown Theater Festival, where she was awarded the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship. She was also awarded grants from The Drama League of New York, Circle Rep Lab and New York Foundation for the Arts.
She went on to earn an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia Film School, where her first short film THE RITE was awarded ‘Best Film’ at the Columbia Film Festival and was selected as a finalist for best student film by The National Board of Review. Another short she directed, GRAVITY, was selected by both Slamdance and Williamstown Film Festivals. Her feature-length screenplay, ADELAIDE, was awarded a MacDowell Colony screenwriting residency.