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Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought: Barbara Nicolosi - 2013

About Barbara Nicolosi Harrington

Barbara Nicolosi

Barbara Nicolosi Harrington has worked in Hollywood since 1996 as a writer, producer, story consultant and production company executive.  She is an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University and at Pepperdine University. 

 She is the Executive Director of the Galileo Studio at Azusa Pacific University . She founded the Act One Program in Hollywood and is an adjunct professor of cinema at Azusa Pacific University and Pepperdine University.  Barbara is the co-editor of the Baker Books release, Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith and Culture.   For script and movie consulting, check out Barbara’s company, Catharsis.

Barbara Nicolosi Harrington has written screenplays for several Hollywood productions.  She was the co-writer of the upcoming 2014 film “Mary, Mother of Christ.” She has  worked in various roles on scores of other entertainment projects  including “The Passion of the Christ,” “That Evening Sun” and numerous TV shows.


Originally from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Barbara Nicolosi is the Founder and Chair Emeritus  of Act One, Inc., a nonprofit program to train and mentor Christians for careers as Hollywood writers and executives (  She currently serves as the director of the  new BFA in screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University.

Barbara is a member of the Writers Guild of America-West and has written screenplays for several Hollywood production companies. Her most recent credit is as a co-writer with Benedict Fitzgerald on the 2014 Lionsgate release, Mary, Mother of the Christ.   She also completed Polosuasion, a contemporary resetting of Jane Austen’s Persuasion for IMMI Pictures of Beverly Hills.  She wrote “For Sinners”: The Fatima Story about the events that that took place in Fatima, Portugal in 1917, for Origin Entertainment of Manhattan Beach, CA, and is currently working on Theotokos, a story of the early Church for Panaghia Productions of Marseilles, France.   Barbara also Executive Produced the 2010 Origin Entertainment 3D documentary Cosmic Origins, a broadcast standard hour-length documentary about the beginning of the universe.

Barbara has a Masters in Film and Television from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from the Great Books program at  The College of St. Mary Magdalen in Warner, NH.  She has done further studies in documentary production and animation at UCLA.  She has been a script analyst, production company executive, and consultant on scores of entertainment projects including the features The Passion of the Christ and That Evening Sun, TV shows Joan of Arcadia (CBS) and Saving Grace (TNT) and commercials for  

A highly experienced public speaker on art, culture, media and spirituality, Barbara has delivered hundreds of addresses at universities, conferences and assemblies all over the world.  Most notably, she was a featured speaker at a Vatican conference on media in 2001 and gave the keynote address at the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars National Conference in 2002. 

Barbara has been a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a reader for the Humanitas Prize which has been called the Pulitzer of screenwriting.  For ten years, she has been on the Blue Ribbon jury of the Angelus Awards Student Film Festival, which is the top student film competition in the world.  Barbara has appeared as a cultural commentator on ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR and in the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Premiere magazine, among many others.  She has produced several award-winning plays at the Actors Co-op Theater in Hollywood, and is currently working on a play based on the life of the poet Emily Dickinson. 

Barbara is an adjunct professor of cinema at Pepperdine University and Azusa Pacific University and is a guest lecturer at the Los Angeles Film Study Center, the Catholic University of Valencia, in Spain, and the Catholic University of Milan.  She won Catholic Press Awards in 2001 and 2002 for her contributions to various Catholic magazines.  She  is the co-editor with Spencer Lewerenz of the Baker Books 2006 release, Behind the Screen:  Hollywood Insiders on Faith and Culture.  She has been a contributor to several other books including: the 2012 Our Sunday Visitor release, Style, Sex and Substance, the 2010 Baker Books release, For the Beauty of the Church, the 2001 Augustinian Press release, Back to the Drawing Board:  The Future of the Pro-Life Movement, and Loyola Press’  The Best Catholic Writing of 2005

Barbara has received several awards for her work in media and culture.  In 2012, she received the John Paul II Award from Benedictine College in Acthison Kansas.   In 2004, she was selected as the Lay Apostle of the Year by the Legatus International Association.  She won the 2006 Spirit Award from the Windrider Forum at the Sundance Film Festival.  In 2010, she received the Gravitas Award for Cultural Impact from the Diocese of Trenton for her work in media in the spirit of Blessed Pope John Paul the Second.

Barbara served as a consultant to the Board of Directors of the Magis Institute, a non-profit to promote authentic Catholic culture and spirituality.  She is also on the board of New Ethos, an effort to foster dialogue and cooperation between the Christian community and Hollywood.  In conjunction with Family Theater in Hollywood, she teaches theology to converts to Christianity from the entertainment industry.


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