Chinisha is a producer, writer, director, and multi-media artist with 15 years of experience in TV, film, and live production. She is fascinated with music, science, and is passionate about environmental, social justice, and learning – they find their way into all the media she creates.
She began her musical training at the age of nine and continued through grad school, with a brief stint as an engineering major her freshman year of college. (She had Mae Jemison dreams of becoming an astronaut – here’s hoping they need filmmakers in space). On a whim, she took a doc-production class during undergrad that changed her entire trajectory. Since then, she has been creating content for digital, broadcast, and theater spaces (with a slight tangent to start her own band in a basement after grad school). Her passions have followed her throughout her career, from her work at both DCTV and Okayplayer, to her independent narrative productions and video commissions.
She has created work for major media & arts institutions including McGee Media, Firelight Media, Left/Right TV, VICE, NPR, Okayplayer, Caveat, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, and more. She spent over a decade at the non-profit media production company, DCTV, where she was the Associate Director of Youth Programs and a teaching artist – instructing NYC high school and college students in social justice and self advocacy through the art of filmmaking. She has guided thousands of young artists over the years, helping them create art that reflected their shared life experiences – tackling difficult issues around race, poverty, a changing NYC, mental health, environmental justice, and so much more.
Her work on the PBS special Our Cameras, Our Stories (a DCTV production) has been recognized with a NY Emmy nomination (2015) and a Robert F. Kennedy Award in Journalism (2016). She is currently working on a four-part documentary series for PBS featuring Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr with McGee Media.
As a performer, Chinisha has moonlighted on the stage and screen, appearing in experimental performance art at The Kitchen and Rush Arts Gallery, on stage at various NYC theaters including The Kraine Theater, The Magnet, The PIT, and Caveat, on your computer screen – including Netflix, and even on the silver screen in major motion pictures (as an extra… nothing to get too excited about – yet). She has been invited to speak at academic conferences, industry panels, and hosted numerous events – she is no stranger to the stage!
Chinisha is a certified Prince super-fam, nerd/geek-girl, and cheerful nihilist with a penchant for witty, sometimes self-deprecating humor. She attended The New School where she received her MA in Media Studies, and a BA in Cinema Studies with a minor in African-American Studies from the CUNY Macaulay Honors College, cum laude. She enjoys doing the NY Times puzzle (in pen) but prefers the app on her phone.