Stephanie O’Brien worked in the film and television industry for seventeen years before becoming an educator. She began her career in local television news before moving into narrative and documentary production. After working several years as a production assistant, Stephanie moved up to the position of assistant director working as a second assistant director on over thirty feature films and TV series while also helming many second units as a first assistant director. By the time Stephanie retired from the film industry she was working as a line producer on documentary productions. She has worked with many talented filmmakers including George Lucas, The Coen Brothers, Debbie Allen, James Ivory and Ismail Merchant. Credits include: The Shield, The Jackal, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Halloween: H2O, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Virus, several ESPN Commercials and America’s Favorite Journey: The Blue Ridge Parkway. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.
Stephanie is a full time faculty member at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College where she serves on several committees, and participates in learning circles surrounding diversity, inclusion, and gender policies and activities - all issues she finds extremely important to promote a classroom and campus where all feel welcomed and valued. She holds a BA in Broadcast/Cinema from UNC-G and a MA in Communication Studies from UNC-CH. Currently, Stephanie is taking post-master’s courses in Education and Cultural Studies at UNC-G in hopes of working toward a Ph.D. She teaches Drama 213: The Art of Public Speaking and Presentations.