Beth Brickell began her film career as an actress, training in New York with Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg, and was accepted into the legendary Actors Studio. She performed in leading roles in over 25 stage productions in and out of the city. Moving to Hollywood, she starred for two seasons in the popular CBS series, Gentle Ben. Subsequently, she appeared in some 100 TV shows and movies.
While teaching film acting for three years at the Lee Strasberg
Institute in New York and Los Angeles, she developed an interest in
directing. She put her acting career aside to accept a Director
Fellowship at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, from which she
graduated with an MFA in film directing and screen writing. She has
written, produced and/or directed a dozen films.
Beth graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in political science and has been active in state and national politics.
An interest in journalism resulted in a 18-article front-page
investigative series for the Arkansas Gazette
in Little Rock.
Beth's activities have included Chair of the Director's Guild of America (DGA) Women's Steering Committee, member of the DGA Special Projects Committee, Board of Directors for Women in Film, Emmy Awards Panel for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Actors Studio-West Executive Steering Committee, and Screening Committee for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. She has been honored with membership in the Southwest theater Association Hall of Fame.