Susan Lacy has been a producer of primetime programs on public television
for 16 years. As creator and executive producer of AMERICAN MASTERS, Ms.
Lacy has been responsible for the production and national broadcast of 66
documentary biographies on artistic giants who have impacted American culture.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary on PBS and distributed throughout the
world, AMERICAN MASTERS has been recognized by television critics as "the
best biographical series ever to appear on American television."
Ms. Lacy is the recipient of Emmy Awards for "Lillian Gish: The Actor's Life For Me"; "Broadway's Dreamers: The Legacy of The Group Theatre"; and "Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter"; as well as Peabody Awards for "Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time" and "John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen"; and seven Cine Golden Eagles. In addition to "Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud", other recent specials for AMERICAN MASTERS include "Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light"; "Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval", which marked Ms. Lacy's directorial debut; "Rediscovering Will Rogers"; "Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage"; "Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul"; and "Placido Domingo: A Musical Life." Ms. Lacy is currently overseeing the production for upcoming documentary profiles of the comedy team of Nichols and May, and the life of Lena Horne. She is also beginning the research and development for a three-part definitive biography of Leonard Bernstein, which she will produce and direct.
As Deputy Director of Performance Programs at Thirteen/WNET from 1978-1984, Ms. Lacy was the Senior Program Executive for the award-winning GREAT PERFORMANCES series and worked with the AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE series as an original founding member and Director of Program Development. Ms. Lacy headed the East Coast office of the Sundance Institute from 1984 to 1987, and has run programs for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Lacy is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, the Independent Features Project, and New York Women in Film.
During the past decade, AMERICAN MASTERS, presented by Thirteen/WNET on public television, has drawn huge national and international audiences to its profiles of the lives and achievements of important figures in American arts and culture, transcending traditional biography to explore its subjects' invaluable contributions to the American landscape. This series has won Peabodys, Emmys and numerous other awards, and has received wide critical acclaim for the kind of in-depth, thorough and insightful explorations that viewers have come to expect from public television.
"AMERICAN MASTERS is a testament to the role great artists and creative movements have played in this nation's history and cultural identity. It is also a testament to the brilliant and diverse mosaic of the American character, as reflected by 10 years of programs featuring individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines."
--Susan Lacy, Executive Producer