Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, I've always exhibited a passion for performing. I remember gathering together with other like-minded first-graders in my elementary after care program ages ago; we would whip together fledgling productions of the short plays included with the American Girl dolls my classmates bought. I prioritized my pursuit of theatre more acutely in high school and went on to major in Theatre Performance (along with Psychology) at Northeastern University.
Upon graduating, I spent a brief moment working outside of the industry in the Mid-West and subsequently returned to Boston a year later to continue acting. After performing professionally for a couple of years, I started graduate school at the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School of Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University (I know, it's a mouthful). Now, I'm in New York and ready to make lots of new memories!
As a first generation American to Egyptian-born parents, I am most excited by art that addresses themes of identity. Much of my personal and artistic growth stems from the constant exploration of what it means to carry two, often conflicting cultures at once. I seek to communicate not only from my own Arab/American outlook, but from the broader perspective of struggling with a fractured sense of self. I am intrigued by art that tackles the question, "where do I belong," a question that continues to inspire me in my own search.
Beyond my professional acting work (the details of which are listed on my resume), I greatly enjoy coaching students and other actors. I've worked with students from middle school through college on scene work and audition prep. I've also served as the dialect coach on several productions, focusing specifically on Middle Eastern and British sounds.
I love to dance, hike, play board games, really do anything that's social and active. I'm driven by a sense of adventure; I'm most interested in movies, fiction, and video games with adventure as a key component in the narrative. Unsurprisingly, I am always eager to travel. Music is the quickest way to spurn my emotions. And chocolate is the surest way to my heart.
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