The AYA MasterClass Series 2018 consists in a total of 4 two-day workshops (8 full days), with each MasterClass open for registration on January 15th, 2018. The first is scheduled on March 10th to 11th, 2018, from 10am to 6pm on both days. This masterclass series has been designed for the creatively curious and innovative visual narrators who wish to enhance their storytelling skills whichever media they professionally use.
This year’s four hosts (Chantal Olivia Miller, Theodora Valente, Muna Lobé and Pamela Ohene-Nyako) are seasoned female creative professionals who have a knack for sharing their passion and experience with others. Each host has a direct and vibrant relationship to themes pertaining to the (complex) realities of the African continent, the Caribbean and/or the Diaspora. In 2018, we will be delving into visual storytelling through exhibition curation, filmmaking, photography, project design, dance and media. The additional slated dates are 16th-17th of June; 15th -16th of September and 17th-18th of November, 2018.
Bio: Chantal's storytelling career spans over twenty years of working in radio and television with her specialities being presenting, voice overs, and producing for her own projects as well as freelancing and collaborating with storytellers with whom she shares her passion for diversity in representation. She has interviewed Kymani and Damian Marley, the late Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, Maimouna Youseff, Rodney P, Kees Dieffenthaller of Kes The Band, Freetown Collective, Academy award nominee Esther Anderson, filmmakers Michelle Serieux, Nile and Storm Saulter as well as athletes such as Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Neymar da Silva Santos Junior to name just a few.
Who is it for: Choreographers, Dancers, Actors, Fitness Trainers, Self-care Practitioners, Yoga/ Pilates Teachers, Visual Storytellers
Bio: Theodora's passion for dance began at an early age while growing up on the island of Guadeloupe (French Antilles) where she was awarded the first place at the National Dance Confederation's both national and regional Contests in 2000. She later studied Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance in France as well as Cuba.
In August 2013, Muna founded AYA CONSULTANCY (later renamed AYA CONSULTING), a boutique firm specialising in providing innovative and tailored Program Design and Management, Content as well as Branding services to corporate entities, local and international organisations and private individuals in the fields of the Arts, Education and Culture. She has thus far partnered with several international clients, working closely with a team of internationally dispatched consultants and advisors to lead on ongoing projects.
Who is it for: Media Creatives; Journalists/Reporters; Bloggers; Filmmakers; Playwrights; Screenwriters; Book Club Hosts
Bio:Pamela Ohene-Nyako was born in 1991 in Switzerland where she still lives up to this day. She carries a BA degree in International Relations and a MA degree in General History from the University of Geneva. She is currently doing a PhD within the Unit of Contemporary History at the same university, and is specializing in the transnational networks and mobilization of Black European women from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. From 2013 to 2014, Pamela worked in a private PR and communication agency in Geneva. She started organizing and moderating debates first as a member of the Festival Cinémas d’Afrique in Lausanne between 2013 and 2014, then independently. She has worked with agencies such as MOA Distribution, Maximage Productions and Afrodyssée. She collaborates on a regular basis with the African Salon of the Geneva International Book and Press Fair. In May 2016, Pamela founded Afrolitt’, a bilingual and transnational literary platform she coordinates and develops in collaboration with external partners. Her vision for the platform is to use Black literature as a tool for critical knowledge, sharing and societal or personal change. The suggested novels are written by authors of African descent, most of whom are women, who question social constructs and issues. Afrolitt’s activities take place in Lausanne, Geneva and Accra. They range from reading groups to events around Black literature, as well as a blog and a web series.