Profile: Elisha Miranda

by Mark Thompson

Our College is happy to welcome filmmaker, writer, director, and educator Elisha Miranda to the Department of Film and Theater, where she joins us as Professor of Radio, TV, and Film and as a new Chair of the Department. Born and raised in the Mission District of San Francisco, Elisha received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley and her MCP from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was also a New Media Fellow. Finally, she received her MFA in Film Directing and Screenwriting from Columbia University. Elisha lived in New York City for 16 years—where she taught film at Rutgers University and NYU—directing commercials, and producing independent features. Moving back west, Elisha taught film directing, producing, and screenwriting at Eastern Washington University, was co-director of the film & theatre program and general manager of the college radio station, before joining us in San José.

Along with her teaching, Elisha has a long list of production credits. Her feature film “Outside the Wall” was a Sundance Feature Screenwriting Lab finalist, was a Nicholl’s finalist, and was a winner of the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Award. She’s also the writer of two young adult novels, short stories, and a series of non-fiction essays. Elisha’s work powers through mainstream media barriers and stereotypes to explore the Latinx condition, and hopefully to inspire the newest generation of artists to become the architects of authenticity through fearless imagination and activism. When she isn’t juggling her many new duties, she is writing for television and directing her webseries, the “Go Girl Chronicles,” about an immigrant Dominican girl who is cartographic and discovering her powers as she comes of age in an anti-dreamer world.

Join us in welcoming Elisha to the College of Humanities and the Arts!