Friends School Alum Jason Winer, Director of “Modern Family,” To Deliver Graduation Address at His Alma Mater

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Jason Winer, the Emmy Award-winning director of ABC-TV’s “Modern Family,” will deliver the keynote address to the Friends School Class of 2013 at its Commencement exercises on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Friends School as the 2013 Commencement speaker. It is surreal,” says Winer, a 1990 graduate of Friends. “I still remember my own graduation walk from the [Stony Run] Meeting House to the Upper School 23 years ago. Being asked to return in this capacity is such an honor and it really makes it seem like I have accomplished something with those 23 years.”

Named  one of Daily Variety’s 2011 “10 Directors to Watch,” Winer served as the producing director on “Modern Family’s” first season and during his collaboration with the show has received an Emmy Award (2010), three Peabody Awards (Excellence in Television: 2009, 2010, 2011), two Producers Guild of America Awards (2011, 2012), and an American Film Institute Award. He has now directed 18 episodes of the hit comedy since the show began and was a 2012 Emmy nominee for “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series” for his episode, “Virgin Territory.” He made his feature film directorial debut in 2011 with “Arthur,” starring Russell Brand and Helen Mirren.

His other television credits include co-creating and executive producing the NBC series “1600 PENN” starring Josh Gad, Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman.  He is currently serving as director and executive producers on two more pilots, Fox’s “The Gabriels’ starring Rob Riggle and Tim Meadows, as well as CBS’s “The Crazy One’s” Starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

A graduate of Northwestern University, where he double-majored in performance studies and photography, Winer began his career as an actor and photographer before transitioning to directing. He honed his improv skills in the acclaimed comedy group, “The Mee-Ow Show,” whose alumni include actor Julia Louis Dreyfus and comedian Seth Meyers, and also is an alumnus of the Improv Olympic Theatre in Chicago.

Winer will also deliver the commencement address at Stevenson University in Baltimore County on May 10.


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