DORIE BARTON made her debut as writer-director with the feature film Girl Flu. which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016 and went on to become a festival hit, screening at over 30 festivals worldwide, garnering many awards including the Audience Award in the New Director category at the Nashville Film Festival. Barton was selected as a finalist for the Commercial Diversity Director’s Program (2018). She was Co-Producer on the feature Extracurricular Activities (2018), and co-wrote A Christmas to Remember (2016) produced by the Hallmark Channel.
Barton has just finished post production on her new feature film, Welcome to the Show, written specifically for her acting students at Virginia Commonwealth University. The film was shot entirely on location in Richmond, VA, over a ten-day production schedule, and features over 30 VCU actors, over 30 locations, and a crew largely comprised of students. Barton produced, wrote, directed, and co-edited the film, which also served as her thesis project for her MFA in Theatre from VCUarts (2020.) Barton is also the Film Director for VCU's Mainstage Productions since Fall of 2020, and she directs the VCUarts Theatre Showcase Films (2020) for graduating actors, as their debut into the industry.
As an actor, Barton has been seen in countless television shows from daytime drama to multi-cam sitcoms, major motion pictures such as Down with Love opposite Ewan MacGregor, NBC’s Martha Inc. playing Martha Stewart, and indie favorites including Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America. Barton has performed onstage for much of her life as an award-winning actor, including originating the role of Edith in Charles Busch’s Die, Mommie, Die! and starring as Alice in The Blank Theater’s Lobster Alice, for which she won Best Actor from the L.A. Drama Critics Circle. As a voice-over artist, Barton has voiced of hundreds of commercial spots, including numerous national ad campaigns, and narration for documentaries and books. Barton is also a long-time script consultant for filmmakers, working with up-and-coming writers and industry veterans alike. Barton graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Theater and she remains a proud member of the Evidence Room Theater Company in Los Angeles.