Nia Dacosta

Nia DaCosta is one of the freshest and most in-demand voices in Hollywood having written and directed projects for stage, film and television. Currently, Nia is in post-production for HEDDA, a reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s famous play “Hedda Gabler”, for MGM’s Orion Pictures and Plan B. The film, which Nia wrote, directed and produced, stars Tessa Thompson and Nina Hoss.

Most recently, Nia directed and co-wrote the CAPTAIN MARVEL sequel, THE MARVELS. The superhero film, starring Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, and Iman Vellani, was released in theaters on November 10, 2023. Previously, Nia directed and co-wrote the Universal Studios feature film CANDYMAN. Produced by Oscar-winner Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, the film is a contemporary spiritual sequel of the 1992 cult horror classic of the same name, dealing with the power—and perils—of storytelling, while highlighting timely issues of gentrification, racial profiling and race-based violence. CANDYMAN, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Colman Domingo, was released on August 27, 2021 and debuted at #1 at the box office, receiving overwhelming critical acclaim.

Her debut feature, LITTLE WOODS, was developed through the Sundance Institute and starred Tessa Thompson and Lily James. The film dealt with real-world topics including access to health care, poverty and criminal justice through the story of two estranged sisters who must work outside the law to better their lives. It premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Neon in 2019, earning a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes

In television, she previously directed two episodes of the third season of the Netflix revival, TOP BOY. Nia also worked as a writer for the HBO series INDUSTRY with U.K.'s Bad Wolf.

Nia received a BFA in Film and Television from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and a MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.