Documentary Center Staff


Documentary Center instructors offer unparalleled expertise in all aspects of documentary filmmaking – from film theory to script writing to production and editing.  We work closely as a team to ensure students gain a thorough, in-depth understanding of all the elements of the craft of non-fiction storytelling.

Documentary Center staff assist with everything from class admission and registration to internship placement to content and technical instruction to event management and community outreach.


Chithra Jeyaram

Chithra Jeyaram is a filmmaker and film educator with an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas in Austin. She is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships including the 2014 Creative Arts Fellowship, BAVC National Mediamaker Fellowship for 1001 Breast Cancer Nights, 2013 Docs in Progress Fellowship for Foreign Puzzle, and the Dina Sherzer Award for Social Awareness for her documentary Refugee Musings. Her most recent short documentary, Mijo screened extensively across the globe and is the recipient of several awards. Chithra is also a graduate of The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking (2007), and has worked on multiple films for The Documentary Center including, 4th & Goal and The War at Home.

Maryann Culpepper

Maryanne Culpepper

Maryanne Culpepper is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with 20 plus years experience in developing and delivering high-profile documentaries and nonfiction series. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the DC Environmental Film Festival.  She is the former President of National Geographic Television where she oversaw the development and production of 100+ hours of factual programming annually. At Graffiti Works, where she is President and Executive Producer, she specializes in story-driven films for theatrical, broadcast, and digital platforms. Current projects include films based in Mozambique and the Baltic Sea. She is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs teaching courses in writing and storytelling in film.