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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.
Garretson continues to be active in the DGA and the Television Academy (ATAS), speaking on panels and seminars. She has also taught classes on sitcom directing at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.