Barbara Cigarroa grew up in Texas with a family that has roots both in the US and in Mexico. A dedicated storyteller, with a passion for social-justice activism, Barbara’s work has been recognized on the festival circuit, as well as through the Kellogg Foundation.

Barbara currently resides in New York City and is pursuing her MFA in Screenwriting at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She is the 2016 recipient of the Alex Sichel Fellowship, awarded to a promising female filmmaker in the program. 

Her feature script is a second-round finalist to the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

And her short film, "Marta Rosa," starring Mexican Ariel Winner Adriana Paz, has been an official selection at numerous film festivals around the world. These include The Austin Film Festival, The New Orleans Film Festival, The Athens International Film Festival,  and The Palm Springs International Shortfest, where it won both the “Panavision Best North American Short Award” and the “Best Student Film Under Fifteen Minutes” for which Indiewire named it one of the “5 Essential Short Films” programmed at the festival. 

In addition to this, Barbara is a cowriter on the short film "Pria," an NBR and DGA student grant recipient. It has screened at more than a dozen international film festivals, including Florida, Montclair, and Frameline. 

Prior to coming to New York, Barbara volunteered as a filmmaker for non-profit companies focused on fighting for underprivileged community’s rights. She created a promotional video for MexNet, a company that strives to find sound jobs for recent immigrants in the United States. She then traveled with the Emmaus Medical Mission to Guatemala where she created a video essay following the doctors working at a rural neurological center a and their fight to keep it. 

A graduate from Yale University, Barbara received her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.