AYO (aka Ayoka Chenzira) is a filmmaker and interactive digital media artist. She has written, directed and produced numerous films and digital media projects that span fiction, animation, documentary, performance and experimental narratives. Several of her productions have been translated into French and Japanese and are in permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Ayo has garnered many awards for her body of work including the Sony Innovator Award for her early work with converging film, video and computer animation, and the Apple Computer Distinguished Educator Award for her work with storytelling and digital technology. She is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in digital media at Georgia Tech and a professor of film and women's studies at Spelman College in Atlanta where she was invited to be the first William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts before joining the faculty. She is the founding directors of the college's Digital Moving Image Salon (DMIS)