Upcoming

Feb. 21 – March 1, 2020 – Performances for the Pitt Stages production of Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, with dramaturgy by Reza.

Feb. 25-26, 2020 – Reza will be hosting the feminist artist-activist Zahra Noorbakhsh at the University of Pittsburgh, largely funded by a grant through the Office of the Provost, and she will be performing her solo show, On Behalf of All Muslims in the Henry Heymann Theatre

Recent Events

Aug. 4, 2018 – Reza will be presenting two papers at the ATHE annual conference in Boston, “The Curious Case of Hedda Gabler: Rewriting Censorship in the Iranian Theatre” and “Counter-History as Protest: Dramaturging Boston’s African-American Freedom Trail.”

Oct. 5-6, 2018 – Reza will be assisting to coordinate a conference for Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Directors under Noe Montez at Tufts University.

Nov. 17, 2018 – Reza will be co-convening the ASTR working session, “Arousing Activism: Revolutionary Impulse in Middle Eastern Performance” at the annual conference in San Diego

Nov. 28, 2018 – Reza will be giving a talk on ta’ziyeh and indigenous Iranian performance traditions to the University of Colorado Boulder graduate theatre seminar, “Global Ancient and Classical Theatre”

March 7, 2019 – Reza will be presenting his paper, “Creating Through Obstruction: Artistically Generative Censorship in Iranian Performance” at the MATC annual conference in Cleveland.

March 28, 2019 – Reza will be hosting the activist and abolitionist Hoda Katebi on the Tufts campus, sponsored by the Tufts Diversity Fund.

April 26, 2019 – Reza will be honored at the Tufts University 21st Annual Graduate Awards Ceremony. He will be receiving the Professor Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama and Dance, as well as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Academic Scholarship, which is awarded annually to two students across the university.

August 8-10, 2019 – Reza will be heading two panels at the ATHE annual conference in Orlando, “Restaging Islam: The Changing Landscape of Middle Eastern Theatre and Politics” and “Embodying Muslim Intersectionality: Diasporic Performance and Transitional Narratives of Difference in the U.S.” He will also be presenting his own paper titled, “Radical Islam: The Political Utility and Futility of Muslim Americans.”

Nov. 7-10, 2019 – Reza will be presenting a paper titled “Subversion and the Cyberpublic: Queer Performance and Communion in MENA Instagram” as a part of the Arab Publics/Public Arabs working session at the annual ASTR conference.