Simone Barros

Born in Atlanta, Simone has screened her short films and soundscapes in festivals and arts venues in New York and Cleveland after graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts receiving the Martin Scorsese Filmmaker Grant and Tisch Dean Craft Award. Simone worked postproduction for filmmakers: Judith Helfand, Ric Burns, Sam Pollard and Spike Lee. The Cleveland Public Theater produced Simone’s two short plays, staged reading of her full-length play Dating Godfrey and produced Simone’s soundscape composition for dance, A Wind Blows from the South.

Arts Cleveland awarded Simone a Creative Workforce Fellowship to create the short experimental documentary, What Remains, a cinematic study of memory and history as collective memory.

As an audiobook director, Simone has directed works by acclaimed authors including Charlie Kaufman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jacqueline Woodson and Ibram X. Kendi.

Unexpectedly embarking on a teaching career at Pratt Institute, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College intensely transformed Simone’s filmmaking practice.

In Duke’s Experimental and Documentary MFA program, Simone eagerly joins artists, thinkers and practitioners of expended artforms that capture and convey diverse voices and experiences and she learns from her professors and classmates alike.

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