Evelyn Seubert, President of the IYMS
Film, Documentary and Television Production
Evelyn Seubert has an extensive background in education, the arts and international collaborations. She is devoted to helping young people develop into disciplined, well-trained, visionary artists that can make positive contributions to the world.
Seubert co-founded and is President of the International Youth Media Summit, a yearly event which brings students from all over the world to create collaborative video projects about seven global issues as well as year-long projects across borders. She was co-producer for both the first Summit in 2006 and the ninth Summit in 2014. Seubert is also co-founder and Executive Director of the Teen International Media Exchange at Cleveland High School, which produced the first and ninth Summits, and has sponsored in-country trips to Korea and Belize for collaborative video projects. The U.S. Department of State awarded Seubert and TIME a grant to produce a documentary about an Afghan literacy program, Teen Teach, filmed by Afghan teens and edited by her students and staff; as well as a second grant for Afghan Girls Connect, which connected Afghan women to other women around the world on a social media site and through video interviews. Her students have done online projects with students in Afghanistan, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Serbia and Scotland. Her students participated with the Mythic Challenges project, creating short videos about environment, water and technology that involved discussions with Afghan students.
Seubert currently teaches television and video production at Cleveland High School in Reseda, CA with James Gleason, her teaching partner of 20 years. Students in their program have won hundreds of awards for their films, including two student Emmys and the United Nations Human Rights Award. Seubert facilitated the Breaking Boundaries Digital Storytelling workshop in 2011 at Cleveland High, sponsored by the Very Special Arts and Victor Pineda Foundations. These workshops brought disabled and able-bodied students together to work on personal digital stories. At the Museum of Television & Radio, she facilitated the Media Craft Workshops, which explored storytelling through the filmmaking crafts, bringing L.A. students in hands-on work with industry mentors. She was the Executive Producer of Common Bonds, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was produced entirely by a teen crew. Before her career in education, she acted, directed, produced and taught in theatres throughout the U.S.; and worked for film and cable television companies in Los Angeles and Chicago.