Sharon Weil has long engaged the conversation about courage and change as an author, activist, award-winning filmmaker, and somatic educator. She is the author of the novel, Donny and Ursula Save the World, a quirky, political, romantic mishap-adventure, and the non-fiction ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists & Awakeners Navigate Change and ChangeAbility Playbook: How To Navigate Your Own Change. She is also the host of the acclaimed podcast Passing 4 Normal: Conversations with Authors, Artists, Activists, and Awakeners about Seeding Change in the World. In the podcast, Sharon discusses strategies for inspiring change and implementing courage with her guests: fascinating, everyday heroes actively working with change in a wide array of applications. Her book ChangeAbility is based upon discoveries gleaned from the conversations featured in this podcast.
Sharon is an advocate for social justice and the natural world through supporting solutions to climate change, community arts and holistic health and healing. Until 2014, she was the president of The Lia Fund (a private foundation that has now closed), which funded over one hundred innovative and responsive grantee organizations.
Sharon’s writing and worldview is informed by twenty years as a teacher of Continuum, a fluid-based somatic practice that aligns one with a natural state of being through breath and movement. The idea that within our fluid nature we, as humans, are far more mutable that we can imagine sets the stage for embracing the constant evolution of change as part of our very existence.
As a screenwriter, Sharon’s guilty pleasure is romantic comedy. She has written several. She was awarded the Women in Film Lillian Gish Award as writer and co-producer, for Best Children’s Film for Sweet 15, which also won an Emmy Award for its director.
In addition to writing, Sharon has been a director, producer, or editor of many film and television projects: narrative, documentary, commercials and music videos. She has directed several original theatrical productions, as well as written and performed her own work in one-woman shows and shared spoken-word evenings. She is a film graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Sharon has three daughters, two dogs, a compassionate heart, and one wild imagination. She meets the world with a great sense of possibility and the required sense of humor. She is an eclectic Los Angeles native, a frequent visitor to Northern California and Nashville, and a citizen of the world.