School of Theatre, Television and Film


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Timothy A. Powell


Television Production, Documentary Filmmaking

Office: COM 124C


Phone: 619-820-7673

Tim Powell is an internationally recognized, Emmy award-winning filmmaker. In addition to working on over 350 episodes of network television for ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX, Tim worked as a producer and/or director for 10 series for the Discovery Channel and Discovery Networks. He also spent 5 years producing and directing for the documentary series, National Geographic “Explorer.” He has a long history with Walt Disney Productions and Disney Entertainment, including live shows and network television specials. He has travelled all over the world, filming documentaries in 25 countries. His historical documentary film, “Coronado: Building a Dream,” won an Emmy award for Outstanding Historical Documentary and his recent documentary, “The Machine that Built the Great Pyramid,” won two Telly awards for Outstanding Documentary. With a strong passion for the performing arts, he has spent the last 5 years concentrating on performing arts productions and live events, garnering three Emmy award nominations for performing arts programming. These programs included “Squawk!,” a play about Apartheid in Africa, filmed live at the Theatre of the World Festival. It was nominated for an Emmy award in the category of Outstanding Visual and Performing Arts Show or Special. In addition, a documentary about San Diego School District’s Old Town Program, presented with the play, “Fire and Mist,” (a performing arts production geared toward young audiences), was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Education/Schools Program. “Jungle Book,” another Theatre of the World Festival production for young audiences, was also nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program or Special. He also filmed a documentary on the famed Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia.  He is currently focusing on live event recording and web-streaming of live theatre, music and dance events. Working directly with his television students, Tim has recently been live streaming events for many performing arts organizations, as well as events at venues such as Anthology, Sycuan Casino’s “Live & Up Close” theatre, the Belly Up, and the Lyceum theatre. Tim has a Ph.D. in Education with a Master of Arts degree in Film Production and is interested in bringing performing arts to youth and under-served groups, as well as extending the reach of Arts organizations through international presentations and collaborations. He currently heads the Television, Film, and New Media program at San Diego State University.

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