Founder Mirirai Sithole (she/they) is an actor by trade, a writer by necessity, and a community builder by practice. She was born in Zimbabwe, reared in Massachusetts, and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Mirirai attended Adelphi University where she majored in Theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences and minored in Human Resources from the Robert B. Willumstad school of Business. She believes that everyone is an artist in some way and to live fully is to actively engage with the triumphs and tribulations of life.
As an actor, Mirirai has had the privilege of telling stories (and winning awards - what?!) through the mediums of theatre, television & film. But her newfound joy has come through facilitating the creation of other people's narratives as a director, producer, and mentor. Their goal is to empower artists to actively pursue their multi-dimensionality and intersectionality by helping them embrace all of their skills. At the heart of this mission is #JoyPractice: In order to sustain hard work and diligence (aka the hustle) amongst the constantly shifting energies of the universe, we must give time and credence to love, laughter and joy!
In 2016, after a definitive and traumatic relationship in her life ended, Mirirai turned to writing and various self-care practices to help her move forward. Soon, she quietly began posting her thoughts and musings through what was then the @LifeAfterBefore now @AYEDEFY Instagram handle. With the help of Human Connection Specialist Mark Groves and MOTU Summit, Mirirai slowly began to find strength, understanding, and empowerment in writing and for a time, stopped being afraid of sharing it. Most recently - through a powerful womxn's group whose mission is to help womxn realize their dreams, as well as a beautiful and affirming conversation with Jenna Clark Embrey of Salt Girl Consulting - Mirirai is reinvigorated to write, direct, produce in conjunction with her acting career; but this time...loudly. No more shrinking! We're all made up of star-stuff and we can help make this world better by embracing all the parts of our selves: Shadow & Light.
Welcome to Aye Defy; making space for your authentic story to be told!