A former off-off Broadway actress and graduate of the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Randa Haines started off as a script supervisor on a number of films. Her student film, August/September, won her a writing job on the television series Family in the late 1970s. Haines then directed several episodes of television shows, as well as a PBS historical TV movie, Under This Sky (1979). In 1984, Haines directed the television special Something About Amelia, winning two Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture Made for Television and a Best Performance award for star Ted Danson.
She then made her feature film debut, Children of a Lesser God (1986), based on Mark Medoff’s Tony award-winning drama about a dedicated speech teacher and the strong-willed deaf woman with whom he falls in love. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. She followed up the film with a number of star-studded pictures including Dance with Me (1998) and the television movie The Outsider (2002). Haines moved into producing in the mid-1990s, scoring a hit as the producer on Denzel Washington’s directorial debut Antwone Fisher (2002).