Barbara Nicolosi

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Barbara Nicolosi
Born (1964-02-20) February 20, 1964 (age 53)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation American screenwriter, script consultant

Barbara Nicolosi-Harrington (born February 20, 1964) is an American screenwriter, script consultant and founder of a Christian screenwriter’s program.

Early life and education[edit]

Nicolosi was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey,[1] to Anthony and Hilda Nicolosi. She is the second of four daughters. Her youngest sister is the professional opera singer Valerie Nicolosi. When Barbara was five years old, the family moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where her father took a job as the archivist for the Naval War College. Anthony Nicolosi would go on to found the Naval War College Museum.[citation needed] She has a B.A. from the Great Books program at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen and a master's degree in radio/TV/film from Northwestern University.[2]


Barbara Nicolosi began her career in Hollywood as the Director of Project Development for Paulist Productions in Pacific Palisades. She was hired by producer Fr. Ellwood "Bud" Kieser and worked with him for two years. She has produced five plays at the award-winning Actors Co-op Theater in Hollywood. She has worked unofficially as a script consultant for scores of feature and television projects. Officially, she was a theological consultant on Saving Grace and for The Passion of the Christ.

Nicolosi began her professional writing career as a media columnist for the Catholic monthly magazine Liguorian. In 2004, she moved her column to the National Catholic Register newspaper and the on-line site She won Catholic Press Awards for her media columns in 2002 and 2004.[3] One of her columns was selected for the 2006 Loyola Press release, The Best Catholic Writing of 2005. She is the co-editor of the 2006 Baker Books release, Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith and Culture.[4]

Nicolosi has served as a judge or jurist on many cinema and arts panels. She was a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, on the film jury for the Catholics in Media Awards, a judge for the Catholic Academy's Gabriel Awards, a reader for the Humanitas Prize for screenwriting, and served for nearly ten years on the Blue Ribbon Jury of the Angelus Awards, student film festival. She won several awards for her work including the Legatus Outstanding Laity Award, the Spirit Award of the Windrider Forum at Sundance, the Act One Servant Faculty Award, and special awards for her contributions to cinema studies from the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain, and Santa Croce University (Rome).[citation needed]

Nicolosi has taught screenwriting or cinema studies as an adjunct professor in the Seaver Graduate School at Pepperdine University, and also in undergraduate programs at Azusa Pacific University and the Los Angeles Film Study Center. She has been a guest lecturer on art and cinema at many other institutions of higher learning including Notre Dame University (South Bend, Indiana); Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington), Biola University (La Mirada, California), Ave Maria University (Naples, Florida), Santa Croce University (Rome), the Catholic University (Milan) and the Catholic University of Valencia (Spain). She was also a featured speaker at events hosted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, and for the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican.[citation needed]

Nicolosi is a founding partner of Catharsis: The Story Lab, a mentorship and out-sourced development program for visual storytellers.[5] She was founder and Chair Emeritus[6] of Act One, Inc., a Christian organization for training aspiring scriptwriters and producers starting out in Hollywood.[7] She was also a founding partner in Origin Entertainment.[8] She is an adjunct professor of screenwriting and cinema at Azusa Pacific University and has also been an adjunct at Pepperdine University and a guest lecturer at the Los Angeles Film Study Center.[9] She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West.[10] She co-wrote Mary Mother of the Christ with Benedict Fitzgerald for a 2013 wide-release by Lionsgate.[11] She wrote a contemporary resetting of Jane Austen's Persuasion, entitled Polosuasion, for IMMI Pictures in Beverly Hills, and is currently writing 'For Sinner': The Fatima Story, for Origin Entertainment.[12]

Nicolosi summed up her reasons for founding Act One: "I realized coming here that it's not that Hollywood was persecuting the Church as much as it was the Church was committing suicide in Hollywood. Big difference. So I basically wrote an article about it to this effect that Hollywood wasn't anti-Christian as much as it's anti-bad art, and we're just giving it schlock."[13]



  • Faith Under Fire - Herself (1 episode, 2005)
  • Culture Wars (2005) TV episode – Herself
  • Rated "R": Republicans in Hollywood (2004) (TV) - Herself - interviewee

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IMDb[permanent dead link] Accessed August 13, 2010
  2. ^ Act One Faculty Archived September 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed August 13, 2010
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ IMDb[permanent dead link] Accessed August 13, 2010
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Act One Archived September 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Faculty, Accessed August 13, 2010
  7. ^ IMDb[permanent dead link] Accessed August 13, 2010
  8. ^ Act One Archived September 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Faculty, Accessed August 13, 2010
  9. ^ Act One Archived September 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Faculty, Accessed August 13, 2010
  10. ^ Act One Archived September 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Faculty, Accessed August 13, 2010
  11. ^ IMDb[permanent dead link] Accessed August 13, 2010
  12. ^ IMDb[permanent dead link] Accessed August 13, 2010
  13. ^ IMDb[permanent dead link] Accessed August 13, 2010

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