MaryAnn Talavera is an NYU alumna, polyglot, and aspiring filmmaker. She joined the Special Programs office after working for two years in the Professional Prizes Department in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Having cultivated a passion from an early age for cross-cultural communication, she studied film and foreign languages as an undergraduate student in NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Later she conducted research on Brazilian media for her Master’s degree at New York University’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
Born in the Dominican Republic, MaryAnn caught the travel bug early on. She studied abroad for the first time on a student exchange program in Naples, Italy. She returned to Italy with NYU in Florence and would later study abroad in Paris, Salvador da Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro. Building on that love of travel, she spent five years living in Asia as a language teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. MaryAnn is excited to pass on her passion for globe trekking to future Tisch study abroad students.