Watch The Art of Collaboration with Niara Seña + Maiya Redding.
Learn how to work closely with other creative minds to create one cohesive work from two talented, frequent collaborators: choreographer Maiya Redding and filmmaker Niara Seña. Redding and Seña have collaborated on a number of creative projects, and will walk through the working process of one of their shared projects, “The Evolution of Womb(man)hood,” from the initial concept and budget planning to the thorny post-production process, where everything comes together. In this class, you’ll learn how to be bold enough to believe in your own ideas, while also staying open to others’ perspectives—ensuring your final, collaborative work feels cohesive and exciting for all.
“Having respect for what we do individually helps us to not step on toes”.Niara Seña, Filmmaker
Niara Seña received her BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase, and has gone on to become a freelance writer, director, and producer—in addition to her acting career. She has also founded her own production company, SunflowerSol Productions, which helps artists of color create projects in a safe and brave space.
“You need to accept that conflict is part of the process. You can’t get caught up in your ego”.Maiya Redding, Coreographer
Maiya Redding received a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, studying abroad at the Korean University of Arts (K-Arts) in Seoul, South Korea, for four months. She has created various works in New York City, including “Breaking through the Generational Curse” at Alessandra Corona Performing Works and “Chicago Luvin” at Dance Lab NY. After receiving her MFA in Dance from Hunter College, Redding worked as an Adjunct Lecturer and Ballet Professor, and has since moved on to an Adjunct Professor role at Hofstra University. As a choreographer and instructor, Maiya’s intention is to introduce audiences to a new reality, and is passionate about giving voice to the voiceless.
Seña and Redding have collaborated on a number of works, with Maiya choreographing and Niara directing, including “The Evolution of Womb(man)hood” and “Letters to Medusa” with SunflowerSol Productions.