Award-winning writer/director Meredith Berg brings cathartic emotion and a touch of humor to genre fare laced with political undertones. Her script for the film “Dementia” was hailed by critics upon its theatrical release as “far from a conventional shocker,” a “genuinely painful movie about the dead weight of the past,” that “refuses to cut clear lines between good and evil and offers many subtle twists.”
Berg started in theatre as an actor and playwright. She directed Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” Off-Broadway for the York Shakespeare Company. She is also a comic-book editor, with credits in graphic novels including “Cowboys and Aliens,” upon which the film directed by Jon Favreau starring Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Daniel Craig is based.
Berg has written features for MarVista, Silver Pictures and The Squid Farm, and co-created, wrote and directed episodes of the action-comedy YouTube series “Lana Steele,” starring Lilly Singh, which has over 11 million views. She graduated from the prestigious AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, which only selects 8 women a year. Her subsequent short film “Void” debuted at Screamfest and won mulitple festival awards.
Most recently, her script “Judith” was a quarterfinalist for the Slamdance Screenplay Competition and she has been selected by AFI and Fox Studios as an “up-and-coming genre filmmaker to watch.”
She currently lives in Los Angeles and is in pre-production on her feature directorial debut.
Alongside filmmaking, Meredith Berg is a theatre director and a graduate of the Playwrights Horizons directing program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to her Off-Broadway adaptation of “Julius Caesar” in New York City, Berg has directed productions in several states as well as the United Kingdom.
In Los Angeles, Berg directed the world premiere of “Lights Off, Eyes Closed,” by Liz Shannon Miller for the Skypilot Theatre Company that received critical praise, including:
"Director Meredith Berg is to be commended for keeping the action tight and making sure the actors hit every note spot-on...It’s rare to find a play with the irreverent humor, nuanced characters, wicked pacing, and deep heart of Lights Off, Eyes Closed."(LA Theatre Review)
"Meredith Berg’s direction is sensitive, profound and tender. The chemistry cannot be ignored."(North Hollywood Patch)
"The cast turns in beautiful, nuanced performances under the direction of Meredith Berg, making for an amusing and poignant play."(Hollywood Reporter)
(images of Los Angeles production of "Lights Off, Eyes Closed," courtesy of Heather Landis)
written by Meredith Berg
written and directed by Meredith Berg
LANA STEELE: MAKEUP SPY
series written by and three episodes directed by Meredith Berg
ALL FALL DOWN - "ripomatic"
concept trailer for project written by and to be directed by Meredith Berg