About Michelle Gritzer

My Story

Hi! First, thanks for coming to visit my site. If you're here, it's probably because you'd like to know more about me. Let's start with my last name. While I do have a lot of grit, my last name has more of a long eye sound. Think of the word bright, change the B to a G, and then add a "zer" at the end. Gritzer. 

Now that we got that out of the way, let's move on to the bio. I grew up outside Cleveland and have been writing and directing short films since I was twelve years old. My first documentary hit, “Cholesterol: The Silent Killer,” was created for my eighth-grade science class. After working on several other informative and entertaining documentaries throughout high school (notably: “The Odyssey- an Odyssey,” and “Word War I- the ten minute version”), I turned my focus to narrative story-telling and went to Ohio University to study film. 

After graduation I moved to Los Angeles, got accepted into the DGA training program, and started working as an assistant director for television and movies. I am a proud member of the DGA, and have thousands of hours of experience on set, working on a variety of projects including shows such as House, Veep, and GLOW, among many others. I have also directed several comedic shorts and web-series.

I especially enjoy making comedies about every-day women, exploring the stories and finding the humor about women who are insecure, complex people. I am creative, quick-thinking, and fun to be around. I truly love all aspects of visual story telling, and look forward to hearing from you soon!


Awards and Recognitions

Recipient of The Chimeara Project's To.Get.Her finishing fund award.

Best Acting Duo Platinum Award winner from Independent Shorts Awards for A Girl Problem

Best Female Short Silver Award winner from Independent Shorts Award for A Girl Problem

Acceptance into a variety of festivals for Nose Job and 00:24

Best Web Series at First Glance Film Festival Los Angeles for 00:24

Best Web Series Award, ITV Fest 2012 for 00:24

DGA Award-Winning Assistant Director for Barry (Pilot)

DGA Award-Winning Assistant Director for Veep Seasons 4 and 5



Short films and Web-series

Do You Have A...?

A Girl Problem

Nose Job

Spring Cleaning

Death and Taxes

Jesus Year


For further credits, visit IMDB


School and Trainings

DGA Training Program

Travis Technique Workshop

UCB Improv 101

LA Stand Ups Stand Up 101

Stand Up Comedy Clinic with Jerry Corley

Ohio University, BFA in film

University of Newcastle Australia (exchange student)


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