Stewart Thorndike

Department of Film and Media Arts

Assistant Teaching Professor, Film

Stewart Thorndike

102 Shaffer Art Building
Syracuse, NY 13244-1210

Stewart Thorndike is an assistant teaching professor of film.

Thorndike is an award-winning filmmaker who tells feminist genre stories. She is currently writing a feminist slasher film that centers around women in their 60s. Her debut feature “Lyle,” a queer horror film starring Gaby Hoffmann, premiered at Outfest 2014, where Hoffmann received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Actress. “Lyle” was selected to play at Fantastic Festivals premier Queer sidebar in 2019 and continues to play at festivals.

Thorndike recently released the podcast “Come On, Come Out,” a dark comedy produced by Refinery 29 and Vice and featuring Mary Houlihan, Ana Gasteyer, Sam Jay, and Gaby Hoffmann. It is currently being developed as a television series. 

Thorndike earned an M.F.A. in directing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a recipient of the San Francisco Film Society’s Women Filmmaker Fellowship for women in genre.


  • M.F.A., New York University
  • B.A., The New School