THE DOCUDIVA BIO
BARBARA MULTER-WELLIN is an Emmy-winning nonfiction writer and producer. Her work has been seen on HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, TLC, KCET, The Discovery Channel, UPN. Lifetime, Fit-TV, TBS and HGTV and more.
Barbara has written and produced hundreds of hours of television and digital content. Her latest film, ORCHESTRATING CHANGE, co-produced and directed with Margie Friedman, is about the only orchestra started by and for people living with mental illness. ORCHESTRATING CHANGE premiered on PBS stations across the United States in September 2020 through KTWU and American Public Television. It was the sole winner of the 2021 Austen Riggs Erickson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media and is being screened to great acclaim for mental health associations including national NAMI, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Public Health Association and the Friends of the Semel Institute at UCLA.
Barbara has also produced and written two films for the acclaimed PBS documentary series, Independent Lens. TAKING THE HEAT: The First Women Firefighters of New York City, narrated by Susan Sarandon, tells the story of the 20-year struggle to bring women into the New York Fire Department, an institution traditionally hostile to change and rocked by the overwhelming trauma and loss of 9/11. Her second film for the series was PAUL CONRAD: Drawing Fire, narrated by Tom Brokaw. It tracks the career of the three-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist in the context of pop history of the eleven presidents Conrad lampooned during his storied career.
Barbara is a former instructor and Chair of the New York Film Academy’s Documentary Department. She is also the former Chair of the Documentary/Reality Committee of the Producer’s Guild of America. She is a certified grant writer and consultant with extensive experience researching and writing grants and proposals for ITVS, NEA, networks, and both private and public funding sources.
Barbara graduated from the California Institute of the Arts’ Theater Department. There she gained a solid foundation in narrative structure and storytelling. Her extensive writing and producing experience and her lifelong passion for documentaries and nonfiction media make her The Docudiva.