FAWZIA MIRZA:

Act. Write. Produce. 

Using performance, personal storytelling & comedy to break down stereotypes across a multiplicity of identities: race, religion, sexual orientation, gender & defy the concept of the “model minority”. #Artivist

Featured in 2016 Emmy-nominated web series Her Story, named a 2017 Djerassi Resident Artists Program Fellow in Woodside, Ca.

Co-wrote, co-produced & starred in feature film, Signature Move, currently in post production. Signature Move named a 2016 Tribeca All Access program Fellow & 2016 Tribeca grant recipient of the LaboDigital/Los Cabos post production grant.

Co-created, co-wrote, starred in web series like Kam Kardashian Brown Girl Problems  & short films like the award-winning The First Session, co-starring Parvesh Cheena and Mouzam Makkar (NBC Universal Short Film Festival Finalist, (AmPav Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Cannes), (Chicago South Asian Short Film Audience Award).

Produced, co-created & starred in the mockumentary The Muslim Trump, about the Muslim illegitimate daughter of Donald Trump, featured in Marie Claire, VICE, The Red Eye Chicago, DNAInfo, .Mic, Expo Chicago, The AV Club, Jezebel & more!

Theatre work includes creating and writing my solo show Me, My Mom and Sharmila, which Zia Mohyeddin called “concise and razor-sharp, interspersed with an adroit mixture of humor and pathos” or in Aditi Kapil's solo show in Brahman/i, or as one of four actors to perform in the solo show White Rabbit/Red Rabbit presented by the MCA and the Chicago Humanities Festival. I’ve performed at The Goodman Theatre in both Pulitzer Prize winner, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ play, The Happiest Song Plays Last, where I originated the role of Shar and I was also an ensemble member of Christopher Shinn’s world premiere play, Teddy Ferrara.

Been featured on Chicago Fire, a bunch of Indie films and web series. I’ve done educational performance work at universities and military installations performing Sex Signals, the most popular sexual violence prevention show in the world. I produced the award-winning documentary Fish out of Water and A Message from the East. I've been a speaker at Chicago Ideas Week: Edison Talks, I’ve spoken on panels about Media, Performance, Storytelling and taught workshops.

Chicago Magazine named me one of its ’50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans’. #Awkwardbutfun

'CHAMPION OF CHANGE IN ASIAN AMERICAN ART AND STORYTELLING' 

 – The White House


“…A PETITE BUT ATHLETIC ACTRESS WITH A SHARPLY SARDONIC EDGE &  PERSONA THAT CAN SHIFT FROM BOYISH TO GLAM & ALSO GIVES A TOUR DE FORCE PERFORMANCE…”

– Chicago Sun Times


“SOME ACTORS HOLD AN AUDIENCE, A FEW POSSESS IT. SOME ACTORS LIGHT UP A SCENE, A FEW IGNITE IT…FAWZIA MIRZA BELONGS TO THE LATTER CATEGORY”

– Zia Mohyeddin


3ARTS AWARD RECIPIENT, ACTING

– 3Arts.org


'TOP 10 CREATIVES'

– Indiewire


'RISING STAR' OF CHICAGO’S INDIE FILMMAKING SCENE

– WBEZ Chicago
 


“…QUIPPY, LACERATING STUFF…”

– LA Times


“…FIERY, MAGNETIC CENTRAL PERFORMANCE…”

– TimeOut Chicago


'FEATURED ARTIST'

– Chicago Artists Month