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Beatriz Bufrahi has taught video and media literacy skills to Baltimore youth since she received her MFA from the Intermedia and Digital Arts Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 2004. Since then she has served on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts teaching digital media and video. Bea worked with local educational organizations to produce short documentaries and in 2014 she co-directed and edited The Founders, a documentary about the establishment of the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is currently in post-production for the short film The Audition and in the development of the webisode Norma. She is producing a Saul Zaentz development recipient script When We Fall. Bea is the founder and director of the Baltimore High School Film Festival, which has presented an annual juried screening of narrative, documentary, experimental films and animation from Baltimore and Maryland youth since 2012.


Beatriz Bufrahi

Professional Experience

Instructor Digital Imaging, Video, and Graphics, 2004-present

Baltimore School for the Arts

  • Managed the Visual Arts Mac lab, including purchase and inventory, 2004-2015.

  • Redesigned curriculum for Digital Imaging class with the emphasis on Adobe Photoshop. 

  • Restructured video classes to achieve better teaching results as well as better student produced videos, and improved overall image, visibility, and production of the video classes. 

  • Wrote current curriculum for sophomore, junior, and senior video classes, and fostered collaboration between disciplines and departments.

  • Redesigned Graphics curriculum to incorporate perspective drawing, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. 

  • Implemented a Film Series with guest hosts for students and BSA community at large, 2011- present.

  • Designed, organized, and led the BSA Summer Video Intensive as a six-week pilot to the newly established film program. I structured and managed the workshop, wrote four weeks out of the six week curriculum, scheduled eleven industry professionals for guest lectures, organized five field trips, and co-taught four weeks of classes, June-July 2016. 

  • Wrote curriculum, organized, and taught Visual Storytelling Twigs class, October 2016-January 2017.

  • Designed and successfully implemented first high school film audition, February 2017.


Lead Instructor “Explorations in Film” and Curriculum Adviser, Summer 2015 - present

Young Filmmakers Workshop

  • Wrote curriculum and designed the class structure for workshop for 9-12 year old students.

  • Taught three-week workshop in 2015 and 2017, produced and edited four narrative shorts.

  • Consulted the director on implementing dual system, editing, as well as staying current with trends and technology


Lead Instructor for “Baltimore Speaks Out!” at Pennsylvania Avenue Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 2004-2006

Wide Angle Youth Media

  • Developed and implemented curricular for workshops, created a safe space for inner-city students age 11-14 in order to learn the use of video equipment to produce content for Public Service Announcements and produce meaningful videos about identity issues and their neighborhood.

  • Organized community screenings of student produced videos.

  • Conducted a nine-week workshop for Wide Angle Youth Media at the Living Classroom Crossroads School, and a two-week documentary workshop for The St. Paul’s School for Girls.


Instructor for Educational Outreach Program at the Central Rosemont and Goodnow Police Athletic League Centers, 2000-2001

The Contemporary Museum

  • Developed and implemented after-school programs based on museum exhibitions. 


Educational Outreach Intern and RA, 2000-2004

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC

  • Developed, organized, coordinated, and implemented art classes based on current gallery exhibitions at Middle River Middle School, Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary, Lombard Middle School, Cherry Hill Library, McDonogh School, Catonsville High School, and City College High School.

  • Conducted educational tours of the shows for middle and high school students.

  • Curated, organized, and installed student exhibitions.                    


Founder and Director, 2012-present 

Baltimore High School Film Festival 

  • Initiated a juried regional festival for high school students grade 9-12. 

  • Screened a total of 149 videos, and received over 600 submissions from Maryland students since its inauguration. 

  • Raised over $14,000 to pay for theatre rental, cash awards, print costs, and webhosting. 


Theatre Program Manager, 2016-present 

Baltimore School for the Arts 

  • Administered the office with a full faculty and 113 students during change of leadership. 

  • Worked closely with the department head in the daily procedure of running the department, including meetings, attendance, and grade input. 

  • Served as liaison between students/parents and the theatre faculty. 

  • Organized foreign exchange trip for the acting senior ensemble, including updating and collecting all necessary BCPSS and BSA forms for the travel. 

  • Running the box office for shows. 




   Master of Fine Arts, Imaging and Digital Arts, 2004



   Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 2001 


Film and Video Work

  • Free-lance work and art, 2004-present, 

  • Editor and co-director of “The Founders” documentary, 2014                                                                                                  

  • Cinematographer, editor, co-director, and co-producer of the short film “The Audition”, currently in postproduction. 

  • Producer of webisode Norma, currently in the development phase. 

  • Producer of Saul Zaentz fellow film “When We Fall”. 


Related Activities

  • Member of the Advisory Board, Stevenson University Film and Moving Image Program, 2016-present. 

  • Guest speaker for contemporary German Film at The Charles Theatre Cinema Sunday, 2013-present. 

  • Guest juror for high school and college video screenings. 

  • Recipient of the Pat and Mark Joseph Professional Development Award in 2011 and 2014. 

  • Appointed Visual Arts Lead for BSA Strategic Planning Committee, 2014.

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