Toni Barton was born in Los Angeles and raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C. She earned her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in art direction and scenic design. Toni’s design career had an eclectic start on both coasts: designing plays and short films as an architecture student at the University of Southern California; to assisting several Broadway designers; being an associate designer at a themed architecture concept firm; and serving as an industrial set designer in New York. All of these experiences set the foundation, which eventually led to her transition into film and television.
Toni’s design strategy is based solidly on collaboration in order to create an environment for the written word to inhabit. She recently wrapped shooting on LUKE CAGE, working as an art director and production designer. Toni’s other recent credits include the first seasons of Netflix/Marvel’s JESSICA JONES and DAREDEVIL, along with HBO’s GIRLS, Showtime’s THE BIG C and AMC’s RUBICON.
Early in her career, while working on the TODAY SHOW and several other NBC productions, she learned the art of collaboration, within a budget and a schedule. During that same time, she also learned the ropes as an assistant art director on many films; including SHERLOCK HOLMES directed by Guy Ritchie, which was awarded the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design and ACROSS THE UNIVERSE directed by Julie Taymor. She also production designed the feature 3 AMÉRICAS, filmed in Boston and Argentina; and several short films including, THE GILDED SIX BITS and THE SECOND BAKERY ATTACK, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Toni enjoys mentoring and teaching the next generation of designers so in 1999, she returned to NYU to teach Fundamentals of Design in the Department of Drama and she has been there ever since. Toni is also a proud member of United Scenic Artist, Local 829; and the Television Academy Art Directors/Set Decorators Peer Group.