Marcella Steingart is a writer, director and producer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. She began her career writing screenplays and treatments after earning her MFA from NYU Tisch School of Film and Television. Her screenplay, Larvae, which she co-wrote, was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan grant and placed as a finalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship.
Marcella brought her narrative expertise to the non-fiction world where she now crafts character-driven pieces with a strong storytelling sensibility. Marcella has worked on award winning feature length documentaries, television series, short films and branded content for clients like Netflix, Showtime, BBC, Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, PBS, OWN, Al Jazeera America, The Daily Beast, GAP, IBM and Google.
During her career, Marcella has conducted interviews with diverse subjects such as MacArthur winning artists, child prodigies, rock stars, high ranking military leaders, celebrities, convicted felons and victims of violence. To capture these stories, Marcella has travelled to disparate places like Afghanistan, Ghana, Guatemala, Alaska, Beverly Hills, LA and Brooklyn, New York.
Some of this acclaimed work includes the documentary feature, Beauty Academy of Kabul, the popular Sundance Channel series, Iconoclasts, the NAACP Image Award winning series, Oprah's Master Class, the short film series, Watson which was a recipient of a Gold Lion, Prodigies, a YouTube show about gifted children which won the International Academy of Web TV Award for best documentary series, Darknet an original Showtime Series about the internet underworld, and most recently, the Netflix series, Abstract: The Art of Design, which had an episode premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Although Marcella works primarily in non-fiction, she maintains a passion for fiction and believes the two are inexorably linked. She recently wrote a short screenplay about a young boy and his foul mouthed parrot which she plans on directing.
Marcella graduated with high honors from Colgate University and received her MFA from NYU Tisch School of Film and Television. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Andrew, a musician-composer and Rocky and Roscoe, her dog and cat.