Nina Sadowsky is an author, filmmaker and educator. She has written numerous screenplays and produced such films as "The Wedding Planner.” Her debut thriller, JUST FALL, was published by Penguin Random House in 2016 and her BURIAL SOCIETY series launched in 2018 with the second book in the series, THE EMPTY BED, published on January 28, 2020. The Burial Society series is in development for television. She is also the author of CONVINCE ME, a stand alone thriller, published on August 4, 2020, and is working on her fifth novel, PRIVACY. In addition to her role as Program Director of NYU Los Angeles, Sadowsky serves on the Leadership Council of Creative Future, and is a founding member of the Woolfpack, an organization of women showrunners, writers and producers committed to community and mentorship.
Daniel Esquivel is a student affairs practitioner with over a decade of experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors across California, New York, and online. He earned his B.A. in Communications from Sonoma State University and M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU Steinhardt. Daniel has supported specialized student populations serving in roles including Director of Student Life & Events for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, graduate assistant for the NYU LGBTQ+ Center, and Program Board Advisor for Pratt Institute.
As a native Angeleno, Daniel loves great local food, spirituality, gardening, aromatherapy, and community service. He is the co-founder of the NYU Multicultural Alumni Club of Los Angeles and the 2018 recipient of the NYU Alumni Volunteer of the Year award for his 6+ years leadership as Co-President of the NYU Alumni Club in Los Angeles. Daniel remains active across the NYU community serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the NYU Alumni Association, University Senator through the Administrative Management Council (AMC), and member of the AMC Anti-Racism Task Force.
Internship & Industry Relations Manager
Chateau Bezerra is a Mexican-Brazilian filmmaker, raised in Senegal, Taiwan and USA. After surviving a nearly fatal hot-air balloon accident in Turkey, Chateau left his former advertising career to pursue his life-long passion, filmmaking. He graduated with an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and his award-winning films have been screened in festivals throughout the World. In his role as Professional Development Counselor at NYU LA, Chateau helps students to develop the professional skills necessary to succeed in the entertainment industry.
Administrative Program Coordinator
Gracie Corapi is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in film and TV production. She produced a number of advanced projects at USC, including a Student Academy Award Semi-Finalist and a short selected for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes. Other projects have premiered at LA Shorts and the Beverly Hills Film Festival. She previously earned her BA in dance and media arts from American University in Washington D.C., after which she was an apprentice member of a contemporary dance company, a freelance dance photographer, and a full-time nanny. She’s originally from Tennessee.
Lena Parodi realized she wanted to be a storyteller when she was four years old. She and her family had just immigrated to the United States from Italy, and everything around her was strange and unfamiliar. After the long days of struggling to learn the language and social cues of a brand-new country, she would sit on the edge of the pool of her family’s temporary home in an apartment complex and tell elaborate made-up stories to her parents.
Since then, she’s graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a double major in Dramatic Writing and Journalism and a Minor in Spanish. She has also written and directed short scripts for Cinequest Film Festival, transcribed and organized material for several documentary films currently being produced by Beau Willimon’s Westward Productions, translated interview footage from Italian to English for the History Channel’s docuseries Hunting ISIS, and edited and localized English translations of Korean online comics. She was also a Researcher for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and worked as a Production Coordinator for Ignition Films.
Lena now lives in Los Angeles and most recently has worked at the non-profit HUMANITAS as their Program Manager, where she used her experience in production and her skills as a writer to organize and manage their screenwriting programs and competitions.
She is very excited to be joining the NYU Los Angeles team as their Academic Coordinator.
Global Wellness Counselor
Lauren Cona, LCSW is a therapist with over a decade of experience in the mental health and social work fields. She earned her BS in Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt and MSW at Fordham University. Her areas of expertise include mood disorders, relationships, post-traumatic stress, psychosis, grief, addiction, LGBTQ+ issues, and gender & racial trauma. Lauren views wellness through a holistic, compassion-focused, social justice lens and strives to create a safe, supportive space for all NYU LA students. Originally from NYC, Lauren is an avid home cook, music lover, traveler, and house plant mom.