Amy Lerner-Maddox

Amy Lerner-Maddox

Amy Lerner-Maddox

  • B.S., theatre/communications, The City University of New York, 1982
  • M.F.A., film and television, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 1992
First year at SCAD:

"If not you - then who? Who should be you!" - My sister, Tisa
"You should be a teacher. Café Reggio or Perogies today? Oy, vhat a vomen" - Professor Arnold Baskin, NYU, Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts
"Pineapple Upside-Down Cake" Web TV Series - A collaborative web TV series with students, faculty and staff


Producer/director/screenwriter of  "Sturdy Browns" starring Shirley Stoler screened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; producer of Lubriderm Lotion's "Quick Reminder" named "Best Commercial of the 90s" by ADWEEK; performances reviewed in the New York Times for the plays "L'Etat" and "Electra Speaks" a one-woman show "You Don't Know Me, I'm Not Famous"; selected by Martin Scorsese to participate in his mentorship program at NYU graduate film and television department, Tisch School of the Arts

Most notable commercial spots:
"Pretty Gritty" - Unilever - Lever 2000 Soap - "New York Magazine" write up; "Quick Reminder" - Warner Lambert - Lubriderm Lotion - "Adweek" - Best Ads of 1990; "Tell Nuprin Where It Hurts" - Bristol Meyers - Nuprin; "Cook Your Food Not Your Wrap" - R.J. Reynolds - Reynolds Wrap; "Spirit Is" - Warner Lambert - Spirit Gum - Winner of $50 million new business pitch; "Anthem"; "The Jones's" - Circuit City - Winner of $30 million new business pitch; "New Mouth"- Chesebrough Ponds - Winner of $10 million new business pitch.; Radio Commercials -  "Law Firm," "Pet Shop," "Repeat and Return Call" - Bell Atlantic - Clio Nomination

Most significant student accomplishments:
31st Annual Student Academy Awards -- Silver Medal; Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament Commercial - National Spot; Best Latin American Phil Collins Promotional Music Video

Awards, recognition and honors

NYU graduate grant assistantship; Mobil Award; the Haig Manoogian Award at the Directors Guild of America; Mobil Corporation Finishing Fund; Helena Rubinstein Achievement Award in film; NEA at the Women's Interart Center; winner at the Kodak International Film Festival; juried selection at Women in the Director's Chair; BP Expo Film Festival; and U.S. Film Festivals

Publications and presentations

  • "Pineapple Upside-Down Cake" Web TV Series -
  • Comedy Writer, Once Upon a Planet Books, publications include "Why I Hate Men," "Why I Hate Women" and an array of numerous comedy paperback and coffee table books

Previous Positions

Chair of the film and television department, SCAD, 2001-04; professor of film and television production, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico; BMG Video; J. Walter Thompson; Pedone & Partners; staff comedy writer, Once Upon A Planet Books; former AEA member; producer, director, writer and actress at theaters including La Mama, WPA, Old Reliable Theater Tavern, New York Theater Ensemble, Women's Ensemble Theater at the Women's Interart Center, Alice Theater, New York City and Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pennsylvania

On the Web

Courses Taught

  • FILM 105 Preproduction
  • FILM 106 Introduction to Screenwriting
  • FILM 431 Film and Television Senior Project I
  • FILM 432 Film and Television Senior Project II
  • FILM 433 Film and Television Senior Project III
  • FILM 707 Screenwriting
  • FILM 732 Field Production
  • FILM 770 Film and Television Professional Development
  • FILM 790 Film and Television M.F.A. Thesis