Act. Write. Produce. ARTivist.
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”.
Co-wrote, produced and star in my first feature, Signature Move which world premiered at SXSW and won the 2017 Outfest Grand Jury Prize for Best US Narrative Feature. Signature Move stars Shabana Azmi, has won 13 awards around the world, has screened at 120 festivals, was a 2016 Tribeca All Access program Fellow & Tribeca grant recipient of the LaboDigital/Los Cabos post production grant and Frameline Finishing Fund. BUY IT NOW!
Featured in the Emmy-nominated, Gotham/Peabody/GLAAD award-winning web series Her Story.
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”. It's turning into a movie as Terrie Samundra and I were named SFFILM Society Rainin Fellows to develop the screenplay.
Other theatre work includes Aditi Kapil's solo show 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.
I've been a speaker at National Geographic as their first #Further speaker, Chicago Ideas Week: Edison Talks, TedxLatin, I’ve spoken on panels and given workshops on about Media, Performance, Storytelling.
Chicago Magazine named me one of its ’50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans’. And I Emceed the Chicago Women's March both years.
'10 FILMMAKERS TO WATCH’
'CHAMPION OF CHANGE IN ASIAN AMERICAN ART AND STORYTELLING'
“…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…”
“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”
3ARTS AWARD RECIPIENT, ACTING
'TOP 10 CREATIVES'
'RISING STAR' OF CHICAGO’S INDIE FILMMAKING SCENE
“…QUIPPY, LACERATING STUFF…”
– LA Times
“…FIERY, MAGNETIC CENTRAL PERFORMANCE…”