Bio

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I am a scholar, theatre artist, and activist, working at the intersections of critical race studies and the Middle East. I am an Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Currently, my writing focuses on contemporary Iran and the creative work of its directors and playwrights from 1997 to the present. I have taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts University and Emerson College, and I am committed to using my research, pedagogy, and art as forms of activism in this increasingly precarious world.

My writing and reviews have been featured in Theatre Survey, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Puppetry International, and Language Log. My article, “Reading Hamlet in Tehran: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Politicizing,” was recently published in Theatre Journal. I am the founder and Chair of the new Middle Eastern Theatre focus group at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and I am a local facilitator for the international radical reading club, #BecauseWe’veRead. I also direct plays and musicals, dramaturg, musical direct, and have been commissioned to arrange choral pieces for groups such as the Gay and Lesbian Choirs of Portland (OR). I received my B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, my M.A. in Drama from Tufts, and my Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Tufts.