I grew up on a farm in Southwest Oklahoma where I learned the value of hard work and community.
I attended college at UCA for my Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. I then attended University of Central Missouri earning a Master of Arts degree in Radio, Television and Film.
While recently earning a dual Master of Arts in Humanities and Art at UTD I operated camera and sound while directing my documentary solo (without crew) in Germany for 30 days after receiving a travel grant from the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. I was also selected to attend the Interactive Factual Lab the next year in France to complete the prototype of the interactive documentary.
I am an award-winning director/producer/writer. I have created 120 videos/films in her 20 years of working in television and film production. I am skilled at researching, interviewing, writing, directing, and producing documentary-style, remote location and studio projects.
I have won 8 film festivals and two films are permanent collections of two museums.
I have taught college-level courses at UTA, Dallas College, UCM, and Collin College. I have taught the following courses: Intro to Video Production, Studio Production, Field Production, Scriptwriting I and II, Workshop I and II, Directing, Lighting, and Management & Operation, Business Aspects as well as recently Dual-Credit Humanities courses. Many of my students have won film festivals and most work in the industry after graduation. By bringing my real-world professional experience in the field along with creative practice and theoretical knowledge, I’m able to offer much to my students.
I have two children. My son, Rocco, is entering 8th grade and my daughter, Gracie, is entering 9th grade. I also have a dog named, Chief (of course named after the Kansas City Chiefs since I have been such a big fan for over 20 years!) I enjoy being in the outdoors, especially anything involving water sports such as water skiing, boating, kayaking and paddle boarding.
I have served on many boards including two years for Women in Film.Dallas. I served as the Vice-President and produced a national PSA about Gilda’s Club featuring Meryl Streep. The national PSA won a Gracie Allen award.
- Owens is a member of Film Fatales Documentary organization in New York City and the Geena Davis Institute among many other organizations. Locally she judges the 24-hour film festival for the Dallas Video Fest and is a scholarship reviewer for the Frisco Education Foundation and the Collin College Foundation