Diana Nicolae is an accomplished documentary filmmaker with a diverse professional background. She began her career in media working as a TV news reporter in post-Communist Romania, helping to shape the voice of newly free press. She worked as a writer for BBC Radio on the first dramatic series inspired by the country in transition to democracy, which spanned over 100 episodes and won international awards. She followed that by working as a creative director and writer for one of Romania’s largest TV stations, and as an advertising copywriter for Ogilvy & Mather.
Her passion for uncovering neglected stories and creative background led her to documentary filmmaking. Her films have screened on cable television, PBS, film festivals and museums around the world. The topics of her films include explorations of historical and political subjects in her native country of Romania, identity and social issues.
She is a Professor at Rowan University, teaching documentary studies and production courses. She serves as the Executive Producer of the acclaimed RowanDOCS program and as the internship coordinator for the Radio/TV/Film Department. She also chairs the selection committee of several paid scholarship opportunities and actively promotes endeavors that encourage women filmmakers. She has a BA in Journalism from Bucharest University and an MFA in Film Production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.