Stephanie Stender, Director of Events, CMA National

BeatrizStephanie Stender is an award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter. Her works have been screened at film festivals around the world, from Australia to the UK, at such prestigious independent theaters as the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, and on television - from PBS to the WB.

Stephanie graduated from Hollins University at the top of her class with a B.A. in Film and Photography and English with a concentration in creative writing. In 2007, she received her M.F.A. in Film Production with a directing focus from Boston University. Since then, she has directed numerous films, commercials, and music videos, as well as various television segments including interstitials for America’s Test Kitchen, the number one lifestyle show on PBS.

In 2001, she founded Doorstop Productions, an all-women’s film production company, with five fellow female filmmakers. Doorstop’s intrinsic purpose is to allow women interested in directing, writing, and producing films a creative, safe, and nurturing environment to do so. Stephanie has worked on various Emmy award recognized shows, from WordGirl to Antiques Roadshow, and was nominated three times as the Co-Executive Producer of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country and was Executive Producer of Milk Street TV and Radio for two years. She is finishing production on her feature-length documentary All Stars: The Changing Face of Drag.