Sophia Costanzo ’19

Sophia Constanzo recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Television, and Theatre. During her time at the University, she served as a resident assistant in Farley Hall, joined the Women’s Club Boxing Team, and acted as a Eucharistic Minister. Sophia also served as a Team Leader for Take Ten, a skills-based conflict resolution program that provides youth and adults with positive alternatives to violence and encourages them to think before they act, building their capacity to make more informed choices when faced with a conflict.

With the help of funding from the American Dream Summer Grant Program sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, Sophia produced, filmed, directed, and edited a documentary on Cuban-American immigrant experiences in America for her thesis. The film, titled REMEMBERING CUBA, followed the story of one family and used it to trace how the experiences of Cuban immigrants have shaped their first and second generation relatives over time, looking at what it truly means to be a Cuban-American. REMEMBERING CUBA was selected for the Oregon Documentary Film Festival 2019 and the Lift-Off First Time Filmmakers 2019 film festival, which is an online festival run through Vimeo on Demand. In addition, her short screenplay BEATRICE won first place in The Golden Script Competition, an international writing contest.

While at Notre Dame, Sophia was the winner of the Broad Avenue Filmmakers Award, presented each year to a graduating senior for the best work in film production. Sophia is currently pursuing an MFA in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University.