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Ayoka Chenzira Continues to Thrive

October 2015

Ayoka Chenzira
Ayoka Chenzira, professor, division chair for the arts, and director of the Digital  Moving Image Salon, has had a successful year filled with film and theater productions.  Earlier this year, the Whitney Museum of American Art exhibited her animated film "Hair Piece: a Film for Nappyheaded People" as part of its celebration for the opening of their new building.

Dr. Chenzira was also invited to show her early films at Lincoln Center as part of a celebration of Black filmmakers titled "Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968 – 1986."  More recently, Dr. Chenzira directed the interactive stage play,"Funnel Cake Flowers & the Urban Chameleons" at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival followed by a sold out off Broadway showing on Theater Row.

The play features live performance, video, dance, and real-time tweeting.  She also has received a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to produce an animated sci fi fantasy film, The Bend in Origan, that features alumna Lauren Brown Jarvis (comparative women's studies) and the voice of Britny Horton (drama and dance). 

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