Atavist, HBO, and MIT Media Lab talent chosen for AIR’s Summer 2016 Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive

Fourteen producers, journalists, filmmakers and poets have won spots in AIR’s Summer 2016 Full Spectrum storytelling intensive. They come from across the United States, Australia and Canada.

The five-day intensive, led by award-winning producer Audrey Quinn, gathers gifted media experimenters at UnionDocs June 20-24 for a full week of craft, discussion and workshops with instructors including Sean Cole (This American Life), Von Diaz (StoryCorps), Celeste LeCompte (ProPublica) and Amanda Aronczyk (WNYC).

Applications for the Winter 2016 intensive will open this fall. Sign up here for more information about the program and upcoming workshops.

The summer 2016 class includes:

Shomial_AhmadShomial Ahmad is the associate editor for Clarion, the union publication for CUNY faculty and staff. Before working for a print publication, Ahmad was a public radio reporter at the Houston and Atlanta public radio stations, KUHF and WABE.


Erin_AndersonErin Anderson is a writer, multimedia storyteller, and assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a recipient of The Atavist’s Digital Storymakers Award and a Sarah Award for audio fiction. She joins the faculty in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh this fall.


Isabel_AngellIsabel Angell  is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. Originally from the Bay Area, she spent the past year as the education reporter, then associate editor for The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the northwest Bronx. Before that, she reported and produced stories for KALW and KQED in San Francisco.

Ann_BennettAnn Bennett (AIR New Voices 2011) is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer with more than 20 years of experience producing content for films, television, exhibition, educational and interactive projects. Her credits include PBS, HBO, Showtime, The History Channel and numerous nonprofits. Bennett is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard College.

Annie_CorriganAnnie Corrigan moved to Bloomington, Indiana, in 2003 to pursue a master’s degree in music and work at WFIU as a part-time announcer. She has produced “Earth Eats” since its inception in 2009, hosts WFIU’s Morning Edition, and spends many evenings playing oboe in area orchestras.


Leila_DayLeila Day is a reporter and editor at KALW. She holds a degree in anthropology and studied audio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. In 2015 she was awarded “Best Commentary” from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She loves strong narrative and dancing like nobody’s watching.

Keisha_DutesKeisha “TastyKeish” Dutes is a producer, event host and longtime media personality. With a seven-year tenure at WBAI’s “Rise Up Radio” and a degree in communications, she co-founded Bondfire Radio, an interactive digital network where she hosts “TK in the AM” and serves as program director.


Maya_Goldberg-SafirMaya Goldberg-Safir is a social media strategist and unlicensed podcast therapist at the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Since joining the Third Coast team in 2013, Maya has been a freelance radio producer and organizer in the Chicago audio scene.


Meissa_HamptonMeissa Hampton is a writer, actor, filmmaker and resident artist at the MIT Media Lab; a member of NYWIFT, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition and SAG-AFTRA; a founding member of the Indies Lab, NYC, and the Urban Artists Collective; a Ford Scholar and a published, award-winning poet.


Banchi_HanuseBanchi Hanuse is the founder and station manager of Nuxalk Radio. She is in post-production on a documentary film, and her most recent short drama is in film festivals. Her directorial debut, “Cry Rock,” won several awards following its premiere at National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival.


Evana_HoEvana Ho is a writer and the creator and producer of the Love, Canberra podcast. She is a producer for the Canberra community radio station ArtSound FM, and serves on its board. She fervently agrees with Anaïs Nin that life expands or shrinks in proportion to one’s courage.


Miguel_MaciasMiguel Macias is an associate professor and deputy chair for graduate studies in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College. Prior to joining Brooklyn College in 2009, Miguel worked at New York Public Radio, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and as the Los Angeles bureau chief for Youth Radio.

Francois_NormandinFrancois Normandin graduated from film school in 2002 and went on to edit short-form comedy, documentary series and fiction for television. Normandin opened a post-house, Roge Cactus, in 2007, won a Gemini Award for “3 saisons” in 2009, and began writing and directing documentaries in 2013.


Paige_PflegerPaige Pfleger is a producer for WHYY’s The Pulse. For two years during college she worked at Michigan Radio. After graduation, she worked as the digital news intern at NPR headquarters. She is interested in taking journalism to the next level through a digital-first, multimedia approach.