Tonia Barber

Tonia Barber is a film director, producer and was the Executive Director of Dance Camera West. Barber promoted and produced the West Coast Premieres of Wim Wender’s Pina and Bess Kargman’s First Position, as well as producing the festival in some of Los Angeles’ most prominent venues including the J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA, Hammer Museum, The Music Center, MOCA  and the Annenberg Beach House. Barber started her career as a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and continued on to the Broadway stage by age 17. Her credits include “42nd Street” and original cast member of Tommy Tunes’ 9-time Tony winner “The Will Roger’s Follies.” Barber has staged and choreographed numerous plays, commercials and industrials including Budweiser, Salon Selects and Gillette as well as working with fashion giants Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Barber produced Interstate 84, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was sold worldwide. Barber then Executive Produced the racecar indie, QuattroNoza, which was in competition at Sundance 2003 and won best cinematography. After moving to Los Angeles 2003, Barber wrote, directed and produced the short film, RAW that premiered at Sundance 2005 and screened at the AFI FEST 2005. Barber is currently producing EXALTATION, a documentary capturing sacred dance around the globe, as well as directing documentary short stories for the Marie Claire project “Real Live Real Women”.