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Meet Ursula Burton

Ursula Burton

Award-winning director Ursula Burton wrote, directed, and produced the comedy THE HAPPIEST DAY OF HIS LIFE, which won a Viewer's Choice Award on MTV's LOGO Channel, and qualified for the Academy Awards.

She has made numerous commercials, PSAs, and short films including the Faces of Ford campaign, and “Mamas for Obama” spots, as well as series such as HALF THE HISTORY, and OLD GUY. 

Her latest films which continue to explore her interests in gender, equality, and representation, WE TREAT THEM THE SAME, EXPIRATION DATE (both completed), and A FUTURE WISH (currently in post) were scheduled to be released when Covid hit – stay tuned. 

She regularly directs and co-produces audio dramas including DARK SHADOWS and STARGATE

Under her banner, FIVE SISTERS PRODUCTIONS, she has produced feature films including JUST FRIENDS, MANNA FROM HEAVEN, TEMPS, and KINGS, QUEENS & IN-BETWEENS.    

Burton graduated from Yale University with honors, earning degrees in both Theater Studies and English. 


She is a founding member of the YaleWomen Council, a board member of both YaleWomen LA and the Yale Club of LA, and was selected for the Alliance of Women Directors CAP Industry Support Program as well as the AWD TV Shadowing Program.  Burton is a Professor of the Practice at Otis College of Art and Design where she teaches filmmaking.

Director Ursula Burton at Monitor
Director Ursula Burton works with an actor
Director Ursula Burton looks in the monitor
Director Ursula Burton works with DP Anette Haellmigk

In Her Words

"Raised by storytellers, my four sisters and I were taught that each voice is unique. 

After shooting my first film as a kid on 8 mm, I decided to use my voice to make movies. 

I moved to LA from the East Coast eager for every creative opportunity.  I’ve worked on nearly 100 sets, and each has had its own personality. 

     I am collaborative and energized by inclusion and the telling of diverse stories.  My projects explore gender and the under-represented.  I bring to my work the perspectives of a daughter, an artist, a sister, an activist, a mother, a teacher, and a partner."

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