biobw2Barbara Stepansky is a 2013 Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent feature film director. Her work was short listed for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy. She is the recipient of the Mary Pickford Foundation Scholarship and the Franklin J. Schaffner AFI Fellow Award.

Born in Poland, her father’s involvement in the Solidarity movement led to the family relocating to Germany. After receiving a degree in philosophy of science from University College London, Barbara pursued her Master’s at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and in Directing at the American Film Institute.

She has directed  feature films (HURT with Melora Walters, William Mapother, FUGUE, TAKEN FOR RANSOM with Teri Polo, Chazz Palminteri, Tia Carrere), web series (EX-BEST, AWKWARD SUNRISE) and short films (THE TROJAN COW, DA CAPO, ROAD RAGE, SUBSTANCE). She has worked on projects for Mad Chance, USA SciFi and Storyline Productions. FLINT, a film she wrote about the Flint Water Crisis for Sony/Lifetime with Queen Latifah premieres later this year.