I began directing in 2019 in direct response to the rampant whitewashing of Asian and Arab American narratives in the Chicago TV/Film/Theatre scene. There is only so much systemic power you can lobby from the position of an actor, and I believed that as a leader creating an anti-racist rehearsal room would help foster collaboration, innovation, and ultimately a top-tier performance.

 

I use my training as an actor, acting coach, and community organizer to put equity at the forefront of my projects. I aspire to tell stories written by and for people of color that highlight the abundance, trauma, joy and dissonance that lies in multiple intersecting identities.   

Check out my upcoming project directing work here and a write-up of my previous work here .