director, writer and President of Directors Guild of America PARIS BARCLAY: “The Men and Women in the Mirror: Reflections on How the Commercial Artist Can and Will Change the World”


Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall 101

Paris Barclay ’79Presented by: Office for the Arts in association with the Harvard Alumni Association
Admission Free: No Tickets Required; free and open to all Harvard affiliates and the public. Registration is closed, but some seating may be available at the door starting 15 minutes prior to start time. Admission first come, first served, subject to venue capacity.

Paris Barclay ’79 is President of the Directors Guild of America, the first African-American and first openly gay President in the history of the Guild. He also served on the Guild’s Western Directors Council and co-chaired the Diversity Task Force, whose mission is to encourage the employment of women and minority directors to networks and studios. He will discuss how the power of popular media and storytelling can change perceptions about race, gender, sexual orientation and other aspects of identity in society.

A two-time Emmy Award-winning television and film producer, writer and director (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Glee,” “Lost,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Good Wife”), Paris Barclay executive produced the last season of FX’s drama “Sons of Anarchy” and is working with the network on a new series, “The Bastard Executioner.” Barclay has received three NAACP Image Awards, and in 2014 he was inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame.

Throughout his illustrious career in TV, Barclay has directed nearly 150 episodes of television, most recently the new series “Extant” and “Manhattan.” He won two Emmy Awards for his direction of “NYPD Blue” and received six additional Emmy nominations for producing and directing, three of which are for directing “Glee” episodes “Wheels,” “Diva,” and “100.” He has also garnered ten Directors Guild nominations, and was the first director in the history of the Guild to receive a comedy and drama nomination in the same year, two years in a row (2008 and 2009).

Barclay has also received three NAACP Image Awards, for producing, writing and directing “City of Angels,” and directing “Cold Case” and “Smash.” He has been nominated for the Image Award for Directing every year it has been offered, from 2006 to 2014. In 2014, he was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. As a writer, Paris collaborated with Dustin Lance Black to create “Pedro,” the MTV telefilm telling the story of “The Real World”’s Pedro Zamora. They received Writers Guild of America and Humanitas Prize nominations for their work.