about me

Barbara Stepansky is a WGA Award winner, a 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 and was featured on the Black List. 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 with her acclaimed short film THE TROJAN COW.


She has directed three feature films (HURT with Melora Walters, William Mapother, FUGUE, TAKEN FOR RANSOM with Teri Polo, Chazz Palminteri, Tia Carrere), several web series (EX-BEST, AWKWARD SUNRISE) and numerous short films (THE TROJAN COW, ROAD RAGE, SUBSTANCE). She has written projects for Mad Chance, USA SYFY and Storyline. FLINT, a film she wrote about the Flint Water Crisis for Sony/Lifetime with Queen Latifah, won several awards at NAACP, WGA and EMA and was nominated for the Critics Choice Awards as well as the Emmys. She is currently writing for the Starz TV Show OUTLANDER.

© 2019 by Barbara Stepansky