Yemaya Productions, LLC was founded in 2012 in Pittsburgh by Zayda Sorrell-Medina to provide opportunities for Afro-Latin cultural activities in the Pittsburgh region. At the time, there were few Afro-Latin music and dance offerings, and thus Yemaya Productions aimed to fill in the gaps. The project started out offering Afro-Cuban folkloric dance performances at local organizations and was well received, and eventually expanded to include live Latin music, Afro-Orisha dance classes, and educational activities for youth. Today, Yemaya Productions now offers theater productions and story telling as a part of our offerings, which reflects our over all goal which is to provide opportunities for social and cultural exchanges and increased awareness in effort to make the world a better place. To date, we have served over 150 clients across the US. Our clients include primarily Universities, nonprofit organizations, and community groups. Some of our current and past clients include The University of California-Irvine, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Carlow University, Duquesne University, the Carnegie Museum, Chatham University, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, New Voices, Cultural Arts Trust, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Café Con Leche, and Global Links.
To provide opportunities for social awareness, critical dialogue, cultural exchanges in effort to make the world a better place, by combining community theater, story telling, advocacy, and research.
Yemaya, the Great Mother of all Living Things, derives from the African tradition Ifa, which was brought to the Western world via the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. She is celebrated in many cultures across the world. In Brazil, she is known as Yemanja, in the Catholic faith La Virgen de Regla, and in some parts of Africa she is syncritized with Mami Wati. Her domains are community, our stewardship with the earth, family, and all affairs that deal with matters of children. We incorporate these cornerstone values in our programs and services. By embodying these principals, our vision is that every day and every interaction is an opportunity to better ourselves and the world around us, by bringing peace, love, community, and acceptance. September 7th is the day that practitioners pay homage to Yemaya. Each year for the past four years Yemaya Productions produce an artistic production in honor of the Yoruba goddess.