New York Women in Film & Television
6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10016-0112
Ext. 24 – Executive Director
Ext. 39 – Executive Assistant
Ext. 22 – Program Director
Ext. 23 – Community Engagement Director (Communications/Membership)
Ext. 31 – Membership Assistant
Terry Lawler, Executive Director
Terry Lawler has been the Executive Director of New York Women in Film & Television since 1997. She is a Vice President of the Board of Directors of the New York Production Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors of the Katahdin Foundation. Prior to joining NYWIFT, Lawler was Director of Development and Production at Women Make Movies and National Director of Film and Videomakers Services at the American Film Institute. She has been a media consultant for foundations and nonprofit groups, including the MacArthur Foundation, the Astraea Foundation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Goethe Institute, among others. She was a production executive on several network television specials and was Executive Producer of Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography, which won Best Documentary awards from the American Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle and Hollywood Mavericks, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Duana C. Butler, Program Director
Duana C. Butler is NYWIFT’s Program Director. She manages over 50 NYWIFT panel discussions and workshops each year. She is also an independent producer/director. She is a producer of the short film Hold On (Dir: Christine Turner) which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Butler is the Series Director of the public television series Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange (Exec. Producer: Black Public Media/formerly the National Black Programming Consortium). She co-produced the documentary Miss Navajo (Dir: Billy Luther) which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens. Other credits include Curator/Producer of WNET/Thirteen’s independent film series Reel New York. Butler is an alum of the CPB/PBS Producers Academy (WGBH Boston). She has served on funding panels for the Jerome Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). She has served on juries for the Urbanworld Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival. She is an advisory board member of the ImageNation Cinema Foundation.
Katie Chambers, Community Engagement Director
Katie Chambers manages both Communications and Membership. Katie guides and manages NYWIFT’s presence both online and off; institutes membership drives; produces monthly screenings and networking parties; builds partnerships with like-minded organizations; and implements communications initiatives for special projects. Prior to joining the NYWIFT team, Katie was a talent agent in the Youth & Young Adult Theatrical division at Abrams Artists Agency in New York City, representing young actors in theatre, film, and television. She was previously a junior agent and assistant to the head of the Youth & Talent Development division at Don Buchwald & Associates, where she also ran the company’s internship program. She has served on the Next Generation Committee of the NY Television Festival, produced a critically acclaimed play at the NY Fringe Festival, and interned for Manhattan Theatre Club and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, Honeysuckle Magazine and several printed essay collections, and her graphic design work has been used in advertising in publications including Variety 411 and The Hollywood Reporter. Katie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Drew University with a double major in English and Theatre Arts. Contact her at email@example.com.