Yale University , Graduated with Honors


Ursula Burton is a writer/director, actor, and founder of FIVE SISTERS PRODUCTIONS. She has produced features including LETTING GO OF GOD, JUST FRIENDS, MANNA FROM HEAVEN, TEMPS, and KINGS, QUEENS & IN-BETWEENS, and directed commercials, PSAs, and shorts, including the Faces of Ford campaign, “Mamas for Obama” spots, the campaign for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the HALF THE HISTORY series, and the Emmy Qualifying short-form series, OLD GUY. She wrote/directed WE TREAT THEM THE SAME, EXPIRATION DATE, A FUTURE WISH, CREATIVES ON CREATIVITY, and THE HAPPIEST DAY OF HIS LIFE, which won MTV's LOGO Channel’s Viewer's Choice Award and qualified for the Academy Awards. She has over 60 acting credits, including recurring roles on THE OFFICE, GREY’S ANATOMY, HART OF DIXIE, RAKE, and BBC’s MY FAMILY. A graduate of Yale University, Burton is a Professor of Practice at Otis College of Art and Design.


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  • Empire State- New York State Filmmakers Award
  • Qualified for The Academy Awards
  • Qualified for The Emmys
  • MTV/Logo – The Click List – Best In Short Film
  • Grand Prize - Best Comedy - Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary - Lunenburg Doc Fest
  • Festival Favorite - Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian FF
  • Best Comedy - Very Short FF
  • Chloe Award - Delray Beach FF
  • Newport Beach Film Festival - Winner
  • Special Programmer Award - Glendale International Film Festival
  • Special Award Winner - The Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Fort Meyers Beach Film Festival People’s Choice Award
  • Academy Nicholl Quarterfinalist
  • Silver Telly Winner in Television: Social Impact
  • Sarasota Film Festival Audience Award
  • Tallgrass Film Festival Audience Award
  • CineStory Writer’s Retreat Fellow
  • Yale YAA Class Award
  • Alliance of Women Directors Television Shadowing Program
  • Alliance of Women Directors Industry Support Program
  • Elected to the Dramatists Guild


  • Binge Books: Super Sleepy, Heroes Union, Blue Baron, Super 'Suckers, Startup, Headhunter, Morbid Museum
  • Huffington Post Contributor, including “The Problem With Pink,” “Introducing Director Barbie: Ready for Her Close-Up?,” “Women and Children First”
  • YaleWomen Global News – From the Desk of the YaleWomen 50/50 Media Initiative
  • 52 Questions Card Decks: 52 Questions Before Marriage or Moving In, 52 Questions Before Marriage, 52 Questions After 50
  • Great American Women, Salem Press “Linda Bloodworth Thomason”

Clients/Employment History:  

  • Ford
  • Limited Brands
  • Big Finish Productions
  • Jim Henson Productions
  • Nick Broomfield
  • Mass General Hospital
  • Yale University
  • MTV/Logo
  • MGM
  • AMC/WE Channel
  • PBS
  • Swim With Heart
  • Coalition Against Slavery & Trafficking
  • Mamas for Obama
  • Guest Lecturer - Tufts University
  • Guest Speaker - USC
  • Guest Speaker - Yale