Valerie Landsburg is an actor, director, and writer. Although she has a large body of work, with four decades in film, television, and on stage, she is best known for playing Doris Schwartz on the hit television series Fame. Her latest film as a director, Love & Debt, was acquired for U.S. release and is currently available on Amazon, Spectrum, Cox, Xfinity, and YouTube Movies. The film features Tom Cavanagh, Bellamy Young, and Bailee Madison. Her other directing credits include the action-thriller Bound by Lies starring Stephen Baldwin and Kristy Swanson and Trixie’s Score.
Other acting credits include Nip/Tuck, The Unit, Columbo, Empty Nest, Beverly Hills 90210, and Murder, She Wrote. On Broadway, she acted in Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures, and appeared off-Broadway in Surviving Grace and Woody Allen’s The Floating Light Bulb. A long-time improviser, she has frequently performed at the Groundlings Theater.
As a writer, she created An Unexpected Gift for The Hallmark Channel, Norwegian Wood, a teen comedy for Kinetic Arts, Belters for Profile Films America, and The Money Shot, the latter optioned by Lion’s Gate Television.
Valerie has worked as an on/off set coach for both actors and directors. She travels extensively, teaching at colleges and universities as well as conducting her own workshops for actors, writers and directors. In addition to teaching at Maine Media, she is an adjunct faculty member at UCLA, and guest lectures at multiple institutions. She created Master Class for Euro Disney and is part of the international faculty of The Asian Academy of Film and Television in New Delhi, India.