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|Other names||Kathleen E. Garretson|
Garretson is a graduate of the University of Southern California, earning degrees in both Journalism and Business Communications. At USC, Garreton was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, and was an award-winning member of the USC Speech Team. She became interested in the film industry while working on her college job as a tour guide at Universal Studios. Following graduation, and a brief run as a production assistant and stand-in, she was accepted into the Directors Guild of America training program. Following a two-year trainee period, she then fully joined the DGA as an assistant director. During her first few years as a DGA member, Garretson worked mainly on made-for-TV films and feature films. Her credits include Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Clifford, Switch and The Specialist.
She continued to work as an assistant director on MOW's, features and commercials for several years, eventually moving onto the sitcom Frasier. Garretson made her directorial debut during the show's sixth season. She was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for "Best Comedy Director of 1999" for her first directing assignment. She continued to direct episodes of Frasier until the show's end in 2004. Her other directing credits include Titus, Reba, Girlfriends, George Lopez, Freddie, One on One, True Jackson, VP and the animated series Sid the Science Kid.
In January, 2012, Garretson received the Frank Capra Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America. This award, given out at that point only 25 times in the history of the Guild, is presented to a member with at least 20 years of distinguished DGA credits and ten years of quality Guild service. Garretson served as an Associate National Board member and Council Chair at the DGA, and on numerous guild committees. http://www.deadline.com/2011/12/dga-special-awards-ed-sherin-katy-garretson-dennis-mazzocco/ http://www.zimbio.com/Katy+Garretson
She took a two-year hiatus from directing from early-2012 to mid-2014 to serve as the Executive Director of a non-profit, the "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Los Angeles (IHADLA). She had been a mentor and volunteer with the organization for many years, and was asked to oversee a rebuilding and revitalization of the foundation. This was accomplished by 2014, and Garretson returned to her creative roots in film and television production. She remains a volunteer and mentor with IHADLA, and serves as the Foundation Sponsor of Program 18, which has seventy students in Watts, California. www.ihadla.org
Garretson is also a television producer, and from 2011-13 found, developed and was supervising producer on a TV movie, GARAGE SALE MYSTERY, for The Hallmark Channel. This movie, which aired in September 2013, broke nearly every ratings record for Hallmark, and in March 2014, Hallmark announced it would re-brand to be The Hallmark Mystery Channel, and would have a “wheel” of mystery movies led by new GARAGE SALE MYSTERIES. Three more movies were ordered, with three more pending. The first three of the Garage Sale Mysteries will be shot in Vancouver by early 2015. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/hallmark-movie-channel-to-emphasize-mystery-dramas-and-tweak-name-1201131477/
Garretson has long been active in the DGA and the Television Academy (ATAS), speaking on numerous panels and seminars. She has also taught classes on sitcom directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.