David Barba


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Assistant Professor
M.F.A. in Film, Columbia University
B.A. in Feminist Studies, Stanford University

Phone: 574-631-9513
Email: dbarba@nd.edu
Areas of specialization: Film and media production, screenwriting, documentary
Classes: Writing the Short Film, The Film Producer, Writing the Feature Film

David Barba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.  Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, he was the Director of Industry Outreach and CU Film Festival at Columbia University's Graduate Film Program in New York and taught screenwriting at William Paterson University in New Jersey.  

David is a filmmaker who has worked in fiction and documentary in both short and long formats.  His short films have played at more than 150 festivals around the world, garnered national and international awards, and aired on Showtime, HBO Latino and AXN Network in Latin America.  He has produced and directed three feature documentaries, Pop Star On Ice (2009, IFC Center, Sundance TV) about 2-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir; American Cheerleader (2014, Fathom Events, Varsity Spirit) that follows two of the top high school cheerleading teams to the National Championships in Orlando; and, most recently, Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer (2018, Film Forum, The Orchard) a portrait of Brazilian ballet star Marcelo Gomes.  David served as creator and Executive Producer on two seasons of the documentary series Be Good Johnny Weir (2010, 2012) for Sundance TV and Logo TV.


He is a graduate of the 2-year Meisner professional acting program at the William Esper Studio and a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).