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UCIRA Artist Elisabeth Nails presents Soap Operas for Social Change

Soap Operas for Social Change

SPECIAL 2-WEEK Workshop led by

Sean Southey, Executive Director/CEO of PCI-Media Impact

Alex Cottin, Communications Manager of PCI-Media Impact


APRIL 8-22

Class will meet M,T, W, TH, F 6-9PM

UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Hall, 120 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095


  • Special Lecture by Sean Southey, 5PM ROOM 200, UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Hall, 120 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • Final Screening of class-created Soap Opera web video series, followed by Reception: 4/22, 5-7PM UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Hall, 120 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Actor, Directors, Editors, FIlm-makers, Set, Lighting and Costume Designers, Writers, Production Crew, and other passionate, creative individuals!

Together, we will brainstorm, script, shoot, edit and present a short (20-40 minute) Soap Opera for Social Change, specifically addressing sexual health issues that college students face.

Space is limited–sign up today!

For PTE number, contact Elisabeth Nails or 310-825-6938

ABOUT PCI-Media Impact

PCI-Media Impact (Media Impact) advances the well-being of vulnerable populations by improving knowledge, shifting locally-determined attitudes and changing behaviors with regard to critical social issues, allowing millions to live healthier lives, sustainably, and in harmony with their natural world. In 27 years of work, PCI-Media Impact and our local partners produced more than 5,000 episodes of 100 television and radio dramas. Together, these programs have reached more than 1 billion people in more than 40 countries. See what’s on the air, in the editing room and ready for rebroadcast:

Sean Southey, Executive Director

Sean is deeply committed to community empowerment and using creative media to facilitate powerful social change. A resourceful manager with over 20 years of experience in the development and communications field, Sean comes to Media Impact from a multi-sector background including 12 years with the United Nations Development Programme, 5 years with the Canadian government and 4 years working with international non-government organizations such as ICLEI (Secretary General) and Rare (Vice-President).

Sean is a dual Canadian and South African citizen and has lived and worked in over 70 countries. He holds a MSC from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from University of British Columbia, and has a wonderful daughter, Safia.

Alex Cottin, Program and Communications Manager

Alex Cottin joined Media Impact in May 2012 as Program and Communications Manager, overseeing strategic partnerships with regard to the My School – My Community Program and the organization’s external communications. Prior to joining the Media Impact team, Alex served as Regional Director for Merlin USA, an international medical relief organization. In this capacity, he oversaw the development, management and implementation of the West Coast growth strategy as well as the overall communication structure nationwide. Driven by a combination of professional, academic and personal experiences, Alex has always had a profound interest in international development. Having worked in the public, private and humanitarian sectors for the past 7 years, Alex has led and coordinated projects in a number of high impact environments both domestically and internationally, with a strong focus in the areas of communications, development and strategic planning.

Alex is a dual citizen of France and the United States. He has lived, studied and worked in the States, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. He holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (in International Studies and Economics) and an MA in International Development from Sciences-Po, Paris. Alex is also a United Nations Alliance on Civilizations (UNAOC) Fellow.

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