587 Holmes Hall

Tracy Heather Strain

Professor of the Practice

Tracy Heather Strain’s teaching focuses on documentary storytelling, production management and history. She is an award-winning filmmaker and film/video director, producer, writer and consultant with over 28 years of experience. Her latest broadcast documentary, “The Mine Wars” AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, for which she served as coordinating producer, tells the story of West Virginia coal miners’ uprisings in the early 20th century, and will air on PBS early 2016. Emerging technologies in the service of storytelling, production management and education—interactive documentary storytelling, online media and interdisciplinary humanities course development are particular interests.

Professor Strain is currently producing Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a feature documentary about the late playwright Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), a key component of her multiplatform initiative focused on fostering artistic expression, empowering activists, supporting healthy identity development and promoting academic achievement through media stories about the life, art and times of Hansberry. She is President and CEO of Fort Point Channel-based media company, The Film Posse, which she runs with husband/partner Randall MacLowry.

Professor Strain received her EdM in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard University.

For more information, visit thefilmposse.com.


Professor Strain is on leave during the 2015-2016 academic year.

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