Sharon TeoAssociate Professor
Area of Focus: Film and New Media
Sharon Teo is a tenured Associate Professor in Film and New Media Production. She is also the Associate Director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She received her B.S. Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.F.A in Film Production from Ohio University.
She joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2000 as Assistant Professor of Film and New Media Production, one of two founding faculty members of the Film and New Media Program. Prior to her appointment at UNL, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University’s School of Film, teaching postproduction courses in the M.F.A. Film program. She also helped to re-design the M.F.A. Film curriculum at OU.
Her feature film credits include editing the award-winning “Out of Season” (Distributors: Picture This! Entertainment, Jour de Fête Films, and Kojo Pictures-Australia) as well as producing and editing the award-winning "Almost Normal" (Distributors: Seventh Art Releasing, Wolfe Video, Eagle Entertainment-Australia, Optimale-France, and Salzgeber & Company Medien-Germany). Shot on Super16mm film and released in 2005, "Almost Normal" secured distribution in 8 countries as well as broadcast rights with MTV network (US) and Sky TV (Italy). In 2013, distribution was renewed for an additional 3 years for digital venues such as Netflix, iTunes, Vudu, Viewster, Amazon Instant and Cinema Now.
In addition to producing and directing numerous award-winning film shorts, she has produced for the television series "Intouch with the Arts" at Ohio's PBS affiliate, WOUB, where she also worked as a Postproduction Supervisor.
She has won numerous awards, including a Regional Emmy for editing the documentary “Wandering Souls: Tet ’68 Remembered” and the American Cinema Editors (ACE) student editing award. In 2006, she was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Merit Award in Filmmaking (Drama) by the Nebraska Arts Council. In Fall 2008, she was selected as a Seminar Fellow and was invited to attend the 20th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar in Los Angeles.
She has also received recognition for her producing and editing work on DVDs. In 2004, she was responsible for postproduction on a DVD that resulted in a total gift of $9.3million from Johnny Carson for the (then) Department of Theatre Arts. The DVD was awarded a Grand Gold Medal and Gold Medal Award for overall excellence in fund-raising programs: Technology Applications, Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards. In addition, she co-wrote, co-directed, co-produced and edited the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts DVD which has won numerous awards including a Platinum Best of Show for the Aurora Awards. Since 2003, she has edited 24 choreographic DVD titles for Music Theatre International (MTI) in New York and Disney Theatrical Productions.
Currently, she is producing and editing the feature film “Laurence” which was shot in New York City and Long Island in 2013. She has several feature films in development, including “Rumspringa”, “Auditioning David” and “Union”.
She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and teaches courses in production, postproduction, producing and directing at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.