Tina Chapman DaCosta
Artistic Director, Diversity Theatre, Office of D&ICompany: Rochester Institute of Technology
Role: Session Presenter Session: Bold, Inclusive Conversations ACTualized: Leveraging Diversity Theatre for Dialogue (SEM-I)
Tina Chapman DaCosta is the artistic director for Rochester Institute of Technology’s Office of D&I Diversity Theatre program. Prior to entering this field, she worked for IBM as a systems engineer and marketing programs manager before becoming a college professor and scriptwriter. Tina’s passion for helping others led her to the classroom. She taught computing and mathematics courses at Monroe Community College and later became a full-time professor at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the Golisano College of Computing in 2002. As an assistant professor for 10 years, Tina helped create the Network, Security, and Systems Administration Department. She was nominated for the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Tina’s other passion, the arts, led her to pursue a new career in the performing and visual arts. She completed her second master’s degree, a Master of Fine Arts in film and scriptwriting, from RIT’s School of Film and Animation in 2014. She created Mended Wings, a media production company, and was promoted to senior lecturer in RIT’s Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture in the College of Liberal Arts. Tina has written, directed, and produced several short films and plays. Her most recent film, “Remembering the Pythodd,” a documentary about a legendary jazz club in Rochester, N.Y., was selected for the 2013 High Falls Film Festival.