Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman
Film director, Theatre director, Writer, Sound engineer, Producer, Screenwriter, Director of photography (d.o.p.), Editor
Principal country concerned : Column : Music, Theater, Cinema/tv, Literature, Dance

Mr. Wiseman is available for lectures and workshops. Requests for guest appearances should be made well in advance. Please contact Karen Konicek at

Frederick Wiseman's Curriculum Vitae

B.A. 1951 Williams College
LL.B. 1954 Yale Law School
Doctor of Fine Arts, Bowdoin College, 2005
Doctor of Fine Arts, Princeton University, 1994
Doctor of Humane Letters, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 1994
Doctor of Fine Arts, Lake Forest College, 1991
Doctor of Humane Letters, Williams College, 1976
Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Cincinnati, 1973

Lifetime Achievement Award, The Chicago International Documentary Festival, 2007
George Polk Career Award, 2006
American Society of Cinematographers Distinguished Achievement Award, 2006
Dan David Prize Laureate, 2003
Yale Law Association Award of Merit, 2002
Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2001-present
Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 2000
The Rosenberger Medal, University of Chicago, 1999
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991-present
The Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement, 1990
Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 1987
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, 1982-1987
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, 1980-1981

Independent Filmmaker, 1967-present
Zipporah Films, Inc., General Manager, 1971-present
Treasurer, Organization for Social & Technical Innovation, 1966-1970
Research Associate, Brandeis University, Department of Sociology, 1962-1964
Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship, Harvard University, 1961-1962
Lecturer-in-Law, Boston University Law School, 1959-1961
Member, Massachusetts Bar, 1955
Private Practice, Paris, France, 1956-1957
United States Army, 1955-1956

Artistic Council and Board of Directors, Theater for a New Audience, 1998-present
Advisory Board, New York Documentary Festival, 1997-present
Board of Directors, International Documentary Association, 1986-present
Honorary Committee, The Boston Jewish Film Festival, 1994-present
Festival Committee, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, 1994-present
Advisory Committee, Margaret Mead Film Festival, American Museum of Natural History, 1992-present
Advisory Committee, Learning from Performers, Harvard University, 1991-present
Honorary Member, Les Amis du Cinéma du Réel Association, 1987-present
Honorary Advisory Committee, American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University, 1986-present
Artistic Board, American National Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1985

"Oh Les Beaux Jours" (Happy Days) by Samuel Beckett.
La Comedie Francaise, Paris. Director, November - January 2006; Director & Actor, Jan-March 2007.
"The Last Letter" an adaptation from the novel Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
Theatre for a New Audience, New York. Director, December 2003
"The Last Letter" an adaptation from the novel Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.
North American Tour with La Comedie Francaise production (Ottawa/Toronto, Canada; Cambridge/Springfield, MA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL)
Director, May-June 2001
"The Last Letter" an adaptation from the novel Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.
La Comedie Francaise, Paris. Director, March-April 2000, September-November, 2000
"Welfare: The Opera," story by Frederick Wiseman and David Slavitt, libretto by David
Slavitt, music by Lenny Pickett.
St. Anne's Center for Restoration and the Arts, New York. Director, May 1997
"Welfare: The Opera," story by Frederick Wiseman and David Slavitt, libretto by David Slavitt, music by Lenny Pickett.
American Music Theater Festival, Philadelphia. Director, June 1992
"Hate" by Joshua Goldstein. American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge. Director,
January 1991
"The Last Letter" an adaptation from the novel Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge. Director, May 1988
"Tonight We Improvise" by Luigi Pirandello.
American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge. Director of video sequences and actor in role of documentary filmmaker, November 1986-February 1987

"Reality Fictions" The Threepenny Review, Summer 2004
"Near Death" The Threepenny Review, Winter 2004
"Walker Evans VI" The Threepenny Review, Winter 2002
"Jill Freedman IV" The Threepenny Review, Winter 1999
"Dan Weiner III," The Threepenny Review, Winter 1998
"Une approche du monologue" Comédie-Française Les Cahiers, No 23, 1997
"A Nonscholar's Approach to Monologue," The Threepenny Review, Winter 1997
"Dorothea Lange V," The Threepenny Review, Winter 1995
"Implementation," section of Report of the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, co-author. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1968
"Psychiatry and Law: Use and Abuse of Psychiatry in a Murder Case," American Journal of Psychiatry, October 1961


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