biography

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I am an artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. 

ARTIST


I am an emerging writer, actor, and the founder and co-Artistic Director of In Arms Theatre Collective.  Currently, my work is concerned with the intersections of social justice; queerness and race are often at the forefront of my conversations.  I am moved by political and cultural conversations that centre global and local citizenship in a Canadian context.  Urgently, I am interested in bringing a queer Arab voice to the Canadian theatre landscape.  Although my theatre creation is often tied to contentious political issues, I take deep care to create intimate, interpersonal, and authentic emotional experiences.  I've been granted opportunities to develop my plays at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's Playwrights' Lab and have been recognized by several award nominations including two Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award nominations for Harun at the Edmonton Fringe in 2018 and another two for The Green Line in 2019.  Ultimately, the agitation that motivates any of my art is a curiosity of representing the unknown.  Much of today's unknown may be the intersections of identity politics, but, already, I feel my work prodding into the uncharacterized and unknowable qualities of a shared humanity.


Please explore my work here.

EDUCATOR


I am trained as an educator from the University of Alberta and have extensive education experience working with children, youth, and adult learners in a variety of settings.  Currently, I facilitate 2SLGBTQIA+ (2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender) inclusion training through the 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario.  I also run my own consultation and facilitation organization, Shajara, which works with organizations and individuals to make meaningful change towards equity and anti-oppression. I have synthesized anti-oppression education with theatre education through the Queer and Trans Youth Theatre Project hosted by Soulpepper Theatre and the 519.  I have extensive experience in curricular design and development at the secondary, post-secondary, and community level of education.  Much of my teaching philosophy is centered around an anti-oppressive and socially conscious pedagogy.

Please explore my work here.

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