Born in Vienna in 1970, Barbara Albert studied theatre science, German language and journalism. She started with directing and screenwriting studies at the Vienna Film Academy in 1991 and worked as assistant director, script/continuity and assistant editor. She acted in the feature films "Memory of the Unknown" by Nathalie Alonso Casale and "Crash Test Dummies" by Jörg Kalt. As a writer she has worked together with the writer/directors Jasmila Zbanic, Andrea Staka, Michael Glawogger and Ruth Mader.

In 1999 she founded the production company "coop99" together with Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner and Antonin Svoboda. She worked as producer on "Grbavica", "Darwin's Nightmare", "Sleeper", "Lovely Rita".

In addition to this she has been (and still is) guest teacher and lecturer at several instotutions in Austria and Germany (Vienna Film Academy, Cologne International Film School, Karlsruhe Art History Museum, St. Pölten Film School). Her son Tristan Sunny was born in 2007, and since 2010 she has been living in Berlin.