is an American
director of television
shows and series.
He was trained as a pianist at Juilliard
, but is primarily noted as the director of situation comedies such as Friends
(of which he directed 47 episodes) and The Drew Carey Show
. He also directed The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
(1999), a children's film. He began his career by directing a music show for Leonard Bernstein
For the New York Metropolitan Opera, he directed high-definition theater simulcasts of The Magic Flute/Die Zauberflöte (30 Dec 2006), The Puritans/I Puritani (6 Jan 2007), The Triptych/Il Tabarro (28 Apr 2007), and Romeo and Juliet/Roméo et Juliette (15 Dec 2007). Halvorson also directed Paul Simon's "You're The One" live concert in Paris, which aired on PBS and is available on DVD.
Awards & Nominations
He was awarded an Emmy
for "Outstanding Special Class Directing" for the 78th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, shown on NBC
. He has also been nominated for "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series", for his work on Everybody Loves Raymond