Jan Pringle Eliasberg
January 6, 1954
|Education||Wesleyan University (BA)|
Yale University (MFA)
|Occupation||Director, producer and writer|
|Spouse(s)||Neil Friedman (1991–2008)|
Life and career
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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.
In 1973, she co-founded Second Stage at Wesleyan, an organization of students dedicated to producing theater and other performances, which may be the country's first solely student-run volunteer theater organization.
Eliasberg began her television directing career in 1986 directing an episode of Cagney & Lacey. Later that year, she was hand-picked by Michael Mann to direct an episode of Miami Vice, becoming the first of only three female directors of that series. She directed two more Miami Vice episodes in 1987, including "Contempt of Court" starring Stanley Tucci.
She was also the first woman to direct Michael Mann's Crime Story, as well as Wiseguy. Her other television directing credits include multiple episodes of Nashville, The Magicians, Blue Bloods, NCIS;Los Angeles, Parenthood, Criminal Minds, 21 Jump Street, Dawson's Creek, Sisters (also a producer and writer), Early Edition and Party of Five, among many other series.
In early 1988, she was hired to direct the teen comedy How I Got into College, but was replaced after only five days into filming by Savage Steve Holland. Neither Eliasberg nor Fox officially commented on the firing, though one anonymous Fox executive was quoted as stating that Eliasberg's approach was more sophisticated than what the studio wanted, saying, "She was giving us Thirtysomething and we want Laverne & Shirley." In 1991 she got another opportunity to direct a film: Past Midnight was a small-budget film produced by CineTel intended for theaters, but released directly to home video.
- Cagney & Lacey
- Jack and Mike
- L.A. Law
- Miami Vice
- Crime Story
- Dirty Dancing
- TV 101
- Booker (also writer)
- The Outsiders
- Brewster Place
- Sisters (also writer)
- Early Edition
- Party of Five
- Any Day Now
- Dawson's Creek
- Nash Bridges
- Strong Medicine
- Ghost Whisperer
- Criminal Minds
- NCIS: Los Angeles
- Blue Bloods
- In Plain Sight
- The Magicians
- Lovers, Partners & Spies (Independent film, 1988)
- Past Midnight (Feature film, 1991) starring Natasha Richardson, Rutger Hauer, Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti
- Autumn Ladies and Their Lover's Lovers
- Spring Awakening
- St. Joan of the Stockyards
- Sore Throats
- Hedda Gabler
- Peer Gynt
- A Christmas Tapestry
- Brecht on Brecht
- A Lesson from Aloes
- A History of the American Film
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- The Threepenny Opera
- The Cote D'Azur Triangle
- The Brides
- The Importance of Being Earnest
- Through the Leaves
- Request for "L"
- U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- Jan Eliasberg and Neil Friedman Wed, The New York Times, May 27, 1991.
- Jan Eliasberg Expands Career From Stage To Film A Director Broadens Her Horizons, latimes.com, January 25, 1985; accessed January 31, 2018.
- Guide to the Second Stage Theater Records, 1973 - (ongoing)
- "Wesleyan University Second Stage". Archived from the original on 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- Wesleyan University (pgs 4-6, and footnotes 5, 6)
- Cieply, Michael (March 11, 1988). "A Fired Woman Film Director--New Questions, Issue Continues". Los Angeles Times.
- Jan Eliasberg Biography, FilmReference.com; accessed January 31, 2018.