Thelma Vickroy followed an undergraduate degree in Theater Arts with a MFA in Film and Television from New York University.
Her producer/director credits included AN EVENING OF FORBIBBEN BOOKS, broadcast on PBS, and MY FATHER THE PRESIDENT, awarded a Cine Eagle and an American Film Festival Blue Ribbon. Since 1982 she produced over sixty public affairs and special events programs for cable and broadcast networks. Her directing credits include Academy Award consideration for EXTRAORDINARILY ORDINARY, in 1999. Her festival activities include screenings at the DOCtober and Lake Arrowhead International Film Festivals. She has just premiered the second in a series of portrait-style documentaries GUNSHOTS & WORD THOUGHTS. She has recently completed the feature length documentary AHMED, SAY SOMETHING FUNNY.
As Assistant Professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at California State University Northridge, she teaches a curriculum in television production covering pre-production, script development and analysis, production and post-production techniques.
Thelma is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Film, Television and Digital Media Department at University of California Los Angeles.
For six years she produced and taught media arts documentary programs, grade 4-12 in conjunction with International Documentary Association, Light-Bringer Project, Los Angeles Unified School District and Pasadena Unified School District. These resident artist documentary programs were support in funding from Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, John Langley Productions, HeArt Project, Light-Bringer Project and the International Documentary Association. In 1998, as Master Artist and Educator, she co-produced a Video Documentary Residency, a program in video documentary production and critical studies for selected students from 100 continuation high schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2000 and 2001, as Educational Content Expert and Documentary Filmmaker, she founded a documentary studies and production program, DOCS ROCK, for middle and high school students in Los Angeles Unified School District. This project was funded from a grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Percent for the Arts Program along with additional resources from the Los Angeles Unified School District and the International Documentary Association.
The courses Professor Vickroy teaches are:
CTVA 240 Beginning Television Production
CTVA 340 Advance Video Production and Editing
CTVA 441 Directing the TV Documentary
CTVA 443 Magazine Format Video Production.