Jan Eliasberg

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Jan Eliasberg
Born Jan Pringle Eliasberg
(1954-01-06) January 6, 1954 (age 61)
Occupation Director, producer and writer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Neil Alan Friedman

Jan Pringle Eliasberg (born January 6, 1954)[1] is an American film, theatre, and television director and writer.

Life and career[edit]

Eliasberg is from New York City. She is the daughter of Ann Pringle Harris, an English teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Jay Eliasberg, a retired vice president for research at the Columbia Broadcast Group.[2] Her stepfather, Charles A. Harris, was the chairman of Harris Horan Textile Associates, textile converters and manufacturers in New York.[3]

She graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan University (at the age of 20 in 1974) and earned a Master's degree at Yale School of Drama (1981).[2][4] In 1973, she co-founded Second Stage at Wesleyan,[5] an organization of students dedicated to producing theater and other performances, which may be the country's first solely student-run volunteer theater organization.[6][7]

She began her television directing career in 1986 directing an episode of Cagney & Lacey. Later that year, she directed an episode of Miami Vice, becoming the first of only three female directors of that series, the others being Gabrielle Beaumont and Michelle Manning. She directed two more Miami Vice episodes in 1987. Her other television directing credits include L.A. Law, 21 Jump Street, Dawson's Creek, Sisters (also a producer and writer), Early Edition, Party of Five, Nash Bridges, Strong Medicine, and Ghost Whisperer, among other notable series.

She has also had a career in theatre, directing the plays Spring Awakening, Hedda Gabler, The Threepenny Opera, and The Importance of Being Earnest.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 1991, Eliasberg married Neil Alan Friedman, a studio executive at Columbia Pictures.[2]

Directorial work[edit]



  • Lovers, Partners & Spies (Independent film, 1988)
  • Past Midnight (Feature film, 1991)



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