Hanelle Culpepper

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Hanelle Culpepper
Born (1970-09-22) September 22, 1970 (age 49)[1]
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Other namesHanelle M. Culpepper
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter and television director
Years active1993–present
Jeffrey Meier (m. 2000)

Hanelle M. Culpepper is an American filmmaker, best known for her work in television directing episodes of 90210, Parenthood, Criminal Minds, Revenge and Grimm along with other series. She also directed the feature films Within (2009), Deadly Sibling Rivalry (2011), Murder on the 13th Floor (2012) and Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer (2013). She is also the first woman director to launch a new Star Trek series in the franchise’s history, directing the opening three episodes of Star Trek: Picard.[2] Prior to working in television, she worked as a production assistant and directed and produced short films.

A native of Alabama, she is an alumna of Indian Springs School[3]. She attended Lake Forest College, where she majored in economics and French and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.[4][5] She earned her M.A. from USC Annenberg School for Communication.[6]


Culpepper was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for her episode of Criminal Minds, "The Edge of Winter." Shemar Moore won the Image Award for Best Actor for the episode.[7]

Television directing credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Hanelle M. Culpepper birthdate - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Hanelle Culpepper to Make Trek History Directing Picard Series".
  3. ^ Cook, Sarah (Summer 2017). "Hanelle Culpepper Meier '88: From School Plays to Hollywood Productions". Indian Springs a Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Indian Springs School. Indian Springs, Alabama: Indian Springs School. 15 (2): 49.
  4. ^ "Phi Beta Kappa - Elected in the 1990s". Lake Forest College. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Culpepper". Star Trek. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bio – Hanelle M. Culpepper". Hillview798.com. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "OTRC: NAACP Image Awards 2014: Full list of nominations". OnTheRedCarpet.com. On the Red Carpet. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2020 – via KABC-TV Los Angeles.
  8. ^ "Hanelle Culpepper Chosen As Director For Star Trek Picard Show Premiere Episodes". TrekMovie.com. March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

External links[edit]

Hanelle Culpepper on Instagram