Filmmaker, writer and editor Colleen Yorke graduated from University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BA in Film &TV in 2005, summa cum laude from the Freie Universität Berlin with a double MA in Film Sciences (2008) and Theatre Sciences (2009), and from Pepperdine University School of Law and Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution with a Juris Doctor and certificates in Criminal Law and Dispute Resolution in 2017.
She produced and directed a feature documentary film Difficult Dance (2005), which allows a glimpse into the lives and the stories of a few selected Jews living in Germany today. She also wrote, produced and directed a number of short films, and she co-directed several theatrical productions, including Bye Bye Birdie and La Traviata. Other experiences include KLRN 64, NBC Universal Studios' Focus Features, LCO Communications, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Severins-Burg-Theater and the Metropol Theater in Cologne, where she directed a Neil Simon play, Rose and Walsh.
Among her many honors and awards, Colleen has been named UCLA Bruinlife "Senior of the Year", and she was honored at the Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s Oscar Luncheon as "Student Filmmaker of the Year".
As an independent filmmaker, Colleen maintained a travel schedule that kept her on the road 180 days of the year, shooting and editing films in Europe and in Southern California.
Colleen now works as Corporate Transaction Lawyer in corporate transaction/capital markets law at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt, Germany.
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