As a non-binary, biracial, first-generation, Muslim American living in the diaspora, I have never had the privilege of choosing a singular identity. That truth is reflected in my interdisciplinary form of art-making involving acting, directing, writing, and advocacy work.
As a multi-hyphenate artist, I am committed to being a part of and producing pieces that expand the canon of Middle Eastern and East Asian American representation. I aim to explore cross-sections of where multiple identities intersect to find universality through specificity. I aspire to build a pipeline for strong femme and non-binary leadership & challenge gender roles that are traditionally associated with people of color.
As a community advocate, I serve as a staff member with The Chicago Inclusion Project & a founding organizer of the SWANASA Central Artist Collective. I've previously produced events, workshops and served on the board of the Chicago Chapter of The Muslim Writers Collective, a national grassroots arts organization aimed at reclaiming the Muslim American narrative. I aim to empower artists to find their voice and own their power through teaching at Black Box Acting.
Born & raised in Detroit, I moved to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University with degrees in Theatre Performance, Dance, and Sales & Business Marketing.