Ayana Setareh (Thanatos) أين is an Italian-American dual citizen based in London, UK.
Originally from Seattle, WA, USA, and holding two professional degrees, Ayana considers herself 'an entertainer with a public purpose'. Being exposed to both private and public education from a young age, as well as homeschooling, Ayana attended the illustrious, elite, Howard University, Washington, DC (B.A. Dean's List, Journalism, Politics).
At Howard, Ayana served as Parliamentarian of the oldest, non-fraternal organisation, and was a contributing writer for The Hilltop and Howard University News Service. She covered the first-ever, Washington, DC State Visit of Pope Benedict XVI, and conceived, founded and chaired the first-ever, Taste of Howard annual event in 2007.
Ayana moved to London in 2009 to pursue an M.A., Financial Economics. She graduated the following year with Merit overall and Distinction on her final dissertation (a study on race, migration and the economic consequences of remittances in pre and post-Apartheid South Africa).
More of her work, including her 2008 interview of the President of Students for Barak Obama, as well as her public speaking work, can be found here and in the videos below.
Ayana is a full Equity member, an RSA Fellow, and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. She is also a member of Mind and Disability Rights UK. She left a full-time career in Philanthropy in 2018, and has been performing and advocating for Movement Therapy and Disability Rights across the UK and Europe ever since.
Performing as 'Thanatos' (the Angel of Death), Ayana uses her personal performing and prose work to educate others by recreating history on stage. Thanatos was both the Ancient Greek and Biblical Personification of Death and the New Testament variation of the Hebrew, Malakh Ha-Mashhit or 'the Destroying Angel.'
With an upbringing heavily influenced by Persian, Indigenous, and African culture, Ayana also identifies herself with Amytis of Media, Pocahontas, and Cleopatra VII. She views dance as an empowerment tool and loves to create movement using the Russian Elite and European Classique techniques of Pole Dance and Sport. She founded the Persepolis Pole Project in 2016.