Arthur Allan Seidelman is an American television, film, and theatre director and an occasional writer, producer, and actor.
Born in New York City, he received his B.A. from Whittier College and an M.A. in Theatre from UCLA. He subsequently studied with Sanford Meisner, who became a lifelong friend and mentor. Seidelman made his screen directorial debut with Hercules in New York, a 1969 comedy-action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Additional credits include The Caller, Walking Across Egypt, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, The Sisters, The Awakening of Spring, and Children of Rage which was screened for major international bodies around the world, including the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the United Nations. He has directed over fifty motion pictures and one hundred stage productions. His most recent film is the 2014 adaptation of the play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks starring Gena Rowlands.Most of Seidelman's career has been spent in television directing movies such as Macbeth, Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes, Poker Alice with Elizabeth Taylor, A Friendship in Vienna, Grace and Glorie, Harvest of Fire, Kate's Secret, The Runaway, and A Christmas Carol-The Musical; episodes of series such as Fame, The Paper Chase, Knots Landing, Hill Street Blues, Magnum, P.I., Murder, She Wrote, Trapper John, M.D., L.A. Law, and A Year in the Life, among others; and several episodes of the ABC Afterschool Special series. The latter won him two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Direction in 1979 and 1981. He received additional Emmy Award nominations for an episode of Hill Street Blues, the 1982 all-star variety special I Love Liberty, and as host of the PBS series Actors on Acting. He also has won the Writers Guild of America Award for his contribution to I Love Liberty, featuring Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Burt Lancaster, Martin Sheen, and Dionne Warwick, as well as two Christopher Awards. He has also won The Peabody Award, the Humanitas Prize, The Western Heritage Award, and numerous other awards from international film festivals, including the Milagro Award for the Best American Independent Film for The Sisters. Seidelman guest starred in the final episode of ER. Seidelman directed Broadway productions of Billy (1969), a musical adaptation of Billy Budd; Vieux Carré (1977) by Tennessee Williams; and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2003) by Richard Alfieri. He directed a revival of The Most Happy Fella for the New York City Opera in 1991. He has had considerable success off-Broadway with acclaimed productions of The Ceremony of Innocence, by Ronald Ribman, Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets and Hamp by John Wilson, among others. He also directed Madama Butterfly for Opera Santa Barbara and The Gypsy Princess for Opera Pacific. In Los Angeles, he has directed major revivals of Hair, Of Thee I Sing, Mack and Mabel, The Boys from Syracuse, Follies, and others. Also in Los Angeles he directed the first production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and The Sisters. For regional theatres, he has directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, A Man for All Seasons, The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, Romeo and Juliet, Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, and The Tempest, among others. In addition, he served as the Administrator of the Forum Theatre (now the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater) for the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and as Artistic Director of Theatre Vanguard in Los Angeles. He has directed Richard Alfieri's Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks in its Los Angeles premiere (with Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce) at the Geffen Playhouse and on Broadway (with Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill), in the West End (with Claire Bloom and Billy Zane), at the Coconut Grove Playhouse (with Rue McClanahan and Mark Hamill), and a Los Angeles revival (with Constance Towers and Jason Graae). The play has gone on to become one of the most-produced plays in the world with productions in 27 countries. Seidelman recently directed Alfieri's new play, Revolutions, at the Barter Theatre.
While researching the film Children of Rage, he lived extensively in the Middle East, including in refugee camps in Lebanon, where at one point, he was taken hostage by extremists.
Movies & TV shows
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
A retired woman hires a dance instructor to give her private dance lessons at her home -- one per week for six weeks. What begins as an antagonistic relationship turns into a close friendship as they ...
The Awakening of Spring
Based on the 1891 play "Spring Awakening," this filmed stage drama examines the tensions and confusion of young people as their growing sexual awareness conflicts with the repressive social environmen...
Amy Carlson is the woman in charge of a bank's security system. Two dirty cops (played by the slightly washed-up duo of Judd Nelson and Thomas Ian Griffith) kidnap her daughter and a friend to force h...
Α Christmas Carol
Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that a...
Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes
The real-life case based on the horrific crimes of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the mother and son duo who specialized in theft, fraud and murder.
By Dawn's Early Light
When Mike Lewis leaves L.A. to stay with his grandfather in Colorado for the summer, he hates the old man's cowboy ways. When Mike demands to go home, the old man agrees and saddles up a couple of hor...
At the birth of two boys, one white and one black, a mysterious and powerful Conjure Woman (Maya Angelou) prophesies that they will start the change. Growing up as best friends in rural Georgia in the...
Sex & Mrs. X
A woman regains her sense of self through a sexual reawakening after her husband leaves her for another woman.
Miracle in the Woods
Quarreled sisters; Sarah and Wanda inherit property from their mother. It has always belonged to the family. Sarah insists on selling it as soon as possible because she has many difficulties. She goes...
Deep Family Secrets
A tale of hidden family scandals. A young woman journeys back to her birthplace and discovers that much of what she had always taken for granted concerning her family life was a lie.
Harvest of Fire
In a small Amish community, three barns are burnt down almost simultaneously. FBI agent Sally Russwell is sent in to investigate this possible hate crime. What she finds however is a community that li...
The Summer of Ben Tyler
Set early during World War II, the film has a lot to say about love, honor, relationships, commitment and power. Keeping their promise to their dying black housekeeper, a white family takes in her tee...
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Dying to Remember
A woman goes to a psychiatrist because she is plagued by recurring nightmares. The psychiatrist tells her that she was involved in a murder in San Francisco in a past life, and the nightmares are rela...
The Secrets of Lake Success
Lake Success is an idyllic location on which a fabulously wealthy family lives. However, all is not well in the family, with illicit sexual affairs, power struggles, and a whole lot more going on behi...
The ambitious Betsy is happy: she gets promoted to a leading management position. Her happiness is spoiled only a little by problems with a boyfriend who feels neglected and an harassing boss. She rea...
Fraser's unrequited love for the beautiful and rich Ginny gets a chance to prove itself, when she is suddenly kidnapped. He teams up with rebel Mac, who's got a score to settle with the kidnappers. To...
The Kid Who Loved Christmas
A family is torn apart at Christmas when to wife of a couple, trying to adopt a son, is killed in a car accident and the husband, a musician, is deemed unfit to raise a child.
A Friendship in Vienna
Inge Dournenvald and Lise Mueller are best friends in pre-WW2 Austria, despite the fact that Inge is Jewish and Lise is the daughter of a Nazi sympathizer. When they are forbidden to see each other, t...
Addicted to His Love
Larry Hogan, using various aliases, meets middle-aged women through dating services and personal ads and uses his charm to cheat them out of their money. When a number of his 'victims' ...
The People Across the Lake
In an effort to get away from the city and all its crime, Chuck Yoman and his family move to a big old house in a peaceful lakeside town. The discovery of a mutilated corpse in the lake and another bo...
A family begins to fall apart when their eldest daughter is diagnosed with schizophrenia.
She's a New Orleans gambler with a poker face no man can resist. And when she unwittingly wins a "house of ill repute" in a high-stakes card game, things start moving like a runaway train.
One night, an unusual stranger in need asks a woman living alone in a house in the woods if she can use her phone. It becomes clear that they are playing a mind game and that there is something wrong ...
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L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986, to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many o...
A beautiful woman married to a successful lawyer and the perfect suburban mother turns out to be a closeted bulimic.
Sin of Innocence
When two single parents remarry, their teenaged son and daughter begin developing an unexpected attraction to each other.
Rocky Nelson is a New York cop, who after making a major bust and selling the rights of his story to Hollywood decides to try his luck out as an actor. However, when he gets there, the directors think...
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Murder, She Wrote
An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.
Cover Up is an American action/adventure television series that aired for one season on CBS from September 22, 1984 to April 6, 1985. Created by Glen A. Larson, the series stars Jennifer O'Neill, Jon-...
1 TV show
Bay City Blues
Bay City Blues is an American comedy-drama series that aired on NBC from October 1983 to November 1983. The series stars Michael Nouri, Dennis Franz, and Pat Corley, and was created and produced by St...
An artist is plagued by nightmares of a love triangle and murder. A psychic says the dream figure is his brother, a "troubled soul" from an ancient past life. Nearly born as his twin but miscarried, t...
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Hill Street Blues
A realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station.
I Think I'm Having A Baby
Laurie is 15 and she thinks she's pregnant. Her boyfriend doesn't care. Her mother doesn't know. Why did it happen? And whom can she turn to?
The play is an adaptation of Shakespeare's work.
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A private investigator who works when he wants, lives in a beachfront estate in Hawaii, drives a posh Ferrari, runs up an unlimited tab at a swank bar, and charms attractive women in peril - that's th...
1 TV show
The domestic adventures, misdeeds and everyday interactions of five families living on a cul-de-sac in a small California community were chronicled.
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The Paper Chase
Critically lauded drama about the life and pressures of a group of students at a prestigious Eastern law school, with a strict and domineering contract-law professor named Charles Kingsfield, who alte...
Children of Rage
The viscous conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is now a generation old. For many of the children of the region, the terrorist war has been going on for their entire lifetimes, killing their ...
Hercules in New York
Hercules wants to visit Earth because he's grown tired of his life on Mount Olympus. His father Zeus forbids such a voyage, but a misdirected thunderbolt sends Hercules tumbling down the mountain and ...
1 TV show
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of tel...
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