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Writer/director Shira-Lee Shalit was chosen as one of SHOOT Magazine's UP and Coming New Directors of 2009 and screened in the New Directors Showcase at the DGA Theatre in New York City. In 2007, Shira-Lee was chosen out of 12,000 filmmakers by Steven Spielberg as one of 18 Finalists for the Fox/DreamWorks television show, "On the Lot." While on the show, Shira-Lee wrote and directed "Check Out," "Open House," and "Beeline." Her films received critical acclaim from the show's judges, Garry Marshall, Brett Ratner, David Frankel and Carrie Fisher.

In 2009, Shalit directed “Open Air,” an Award-winning dramatic short, that's been selected for screenings in over 30 film festivals, including Montreal World Fest, Palm Beach International Festival, LA Film Fest, New Jersey International (Winner Best Short Film). Shalit also directed 12 episodes of the web series - “Operation Bob” for NYFA. < Shira-Lee's feature film directorial debut, “A-List,” starring Daphne Zuniga, Academy Award Nominee Sally Kirkland, Renee Taylor, and Damon Shalit, with David Carradine - won the Audience Award at the 2007 Milan International Film Festival, received the Gold Remi Award for Best Comedy at Worldfest Film Festival and was one of the IFP East’s Project Involve Awardees.

A winner of the Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award, Shira-Lee received the prestigious award at a ceremony at the White House. She was also awarded the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Award and was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America. A member of NY Women in Film and Television, Shira-Lee teaches Acting for Film and Television at the New York Film Academy, Directing Actors at Columbia University, and Creating Characters at the LAByrinth theatre company's acting school. She is currently working on her next feature film.

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Operation Bob


Open Air

Instructor of Acting for Film and Television

New York Film Academy
Feb 2009May 2009

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Columbia University Graduate Film School





Columbia University Graduate Film School