EDUCATION

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, current

Master of Arts in Applied Theatre
making theatre with communities: refugees, new immigrants, young people

University of Cambridge, June 2018

Distinction: Master of Philosophy in Sociology
focus on refugee rights, surveillance, and bodily technology

Georgetown University, May 2017

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, magna cum laude
self-design major: Human Rights in Crisis | minor: Arabic
President, School of Foreign Service Academic Council 2016-2017

Bard Honors College in al-Quds, Fall 2015

independent research on rights of internally displaced persons

Middlebury Language School, Summer 2014

2-month Arabic language immersion program

Andover High School, June 2013

High Honors
Dual Enrollment at Merrimack College

Research Projects

Electronic Tagging of Asylum-Seekers, University of Cambridge
UK | September 2017- June 2018

Interview-based study of the lived experiences of asylum-seekers living with electronic tagging devices.

“Acting Out”: Violence, Community, and Women’s Theatre on the India-Pakistan Border, School of Foreign Service Honors Thesis
Washington, DC, USA/Jammu & Kashmir, India | April 2016-May 2017

Practical and theoretical case study that focuses on the oppression of displaced persons and the use of theatre for self-expression.

Power Through Power: Solar Panels and Suppression in the Jerusalem Periphery, Culture and Politics/Mortara Center for International Studies
Washington, DC | January 2015 – April 2015

Analysis of the denial of electricity as a form of Israeli socio-political control over a stateless Bedouin population in Jerusalem.

Theatre in South Asian Post-Conflict Zones, Lisa J. Raines Fellowship
South Asia | May 2015 – August 2015

Ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and archival analysis for an independent report about the use of theatre for healing, reconciliation, and cultural preservation in South Asian post-conflict zones.

Safety and Stabilization: The Need for Immediate Trauma Care for Asylum-Seekers in Germany, Bard Honors College in al-Quds University
Berlin, Germany | October 2015 – August 2015

Conducted participant-observation and interviews of asylum-seekers in a Berlin medical center for refugees, as well as interviewed Berlin organizations for psychotherapy, refugee advocacy, and women’s rights, to create a proposal for German trauma care systems.

HONORS and AWARDS

Commencement Speaker (video)
Georgetown University, 2017

Georgetown "Women for Others" Award
Georgetown University, 2017

"Improving the Human Condition" Award
School of Foreign Service, 2015

First Place, "It's Not Enough to Refrain from Injustice"
for proposal to create "disturbance art" in the campus community
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs Symposium's Call for Ideas, 2015

International Service Award
Georgetown Corp, 2014

publications

2018. "What we can learn from student activism." Marshall Scholarship Blog.

2018. "Artistic Statement". Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics.

2017. "Theatre of Witness and Resistance." Arts and International Affairs Journal.

2017. "Citizen Diplomacy: International Artists Speak on Cultural Ambassadorship." SixByEight Press.

2017. "The Creative Process of I Pledge Allegiance." School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

2017. "The Ethics of Storytelling." Office of Campus Ministry, Georgetown University.

2017. "I Pledge Allegiance: The Birth of a Performance." The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. 

FELLOWSHIPS

Marshall Scholar, 2017-2019

Inaugural Fellow, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, 2017-2019

Global Cultural Fellow, Institute for International Cultural Relations, 2017

Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship, Kathryn Davis Foundation, 2015

Lisa J. Raines Fellowship for Independent ResearchGeorgetown University, 2015

Doyle "Engaging Difference" FellowshipBerkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, 2015-2016

Devised Theatre

Director, Writer, Adapter | A re-imagining of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, considering his classic work in the context of modern warfare. Performed at Clapham Omnibus in November 2018. 

Deviser, Playwright, Performer | I Pledge Allegiance, for the World Theatre Congress in Segovia, Spain, 2017; Lannan Symposium, Washington, DC USA, 2018; John Carroll Weekend, Seattle, Washington, 2018; Theatre Communications Group Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, 2018, Board of Governors, Washington, DC 2018, Association of Performing Arts Practitioners, 2018

Director | Reach Zero performed at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, October 2018

Playwright | Roots performed at Georgetown University, 2017

Deviser, Co-Director | Generation WH(Y), for the Doris Duke Foundation in Washington, DC, 2015

Director | A Christmas Carol for Mask & Bauble, Washington, DC, 2014

Playwright, Director | Ever After, Triton Original Play Festival, Massachusetts, 2013

invited lectures & presentations

2018. “Electronic Tagging of Asylum-Seekers.” Migration Society, University of Cambridge.

2018. “Humane or Hostile Environment?” Amnesty International, Cambridge.

2018. “Making Art in Conflict Zones.” Syracuse University London.

2018. "Electronic Tagging of Asylum-Seekers." Human Migration and (In)Security, University College London.

2017. “Security and Risk in Fieldwork.” Intrepid Explorers, King's College London. 

2017. “Humanizing Politics Through Performance.” Women’s National Democratic Club, Washington DC.

2017. “Voices Beyond Borders.” Invited Speaker at Northeast Storytelling Conference.

2016. “Using Theatre in Human Rights Activism.” Invited Lecture at Jammu University, Department of Law.

2015. “Disturbance Art: Engaging Difference through Pop-up Music, Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts.” Doyle Symposium First Place, Georgetown University.

FACILITATION

2018. Post-Truth Theatre Workshop at Post-Truth Conference, University of Cambridge.

2017. Reflection Groups Post-Trump. Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. Washington, DC.

2016. Theatre of the Oppressed workshops with women on India-Pakistan border. Davis Projects for Peace, Jammu & Kashmir, India.

2016. Power-based theatre workshop for children in special needs school. Bengaluru, India.

2016. Forum theatre workshops at Natrang Theatre. Jammu & Kashmir, India.

2015. Image theatre workshop for human rights activism. Amnesty International. Kathmandu, Nepal.

2015. Theatre workshops for children at Natrang Theatre. Jammu & Kashmir, India.

Work Experience

Communications and Impact Evaluation, The Whistle

University of Cambridge, UK, June 2018-present
Organize communications and measure impact for a human rights and technology NGO that gathers reports about human rights abuses. Co-created “End Everyday Racism” at Cambridge.

Co-Organizer, Post Truth Phenomenon Conference

University of Cambridge, UK, March 2018
Organized an interdisciplinary conference, bringing together academics, journalists, and human rights professionals to discuss issues of post-truth and fake news.

Refugee Rights Intern, Human Rights Watch

Washington, D.C., USA, Jan 2016- May 2017
Conducted legal research on detention of asylum-seekers, advocated resettlement cases, campaigned against oppressive refugee policy.

Translator, Caritas Medical Clinic

Berlin, Germany Oct 2015- Dec 2015
Translated Arabic and Urdu to English for Syrian, Iraqi, and Pakistani asylum-seekers in the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs.

Resident Assistant, Georgetown University

Washington, DC Aug 2014- May 2017
Cared for domestic and international students, provided regular welfare activities and check-ins, and was responsible for their well-being and the well-being of the community.

Development and Research Intern, Amnesty International

Kathmandu, Nepal, July 2015- Aug 2015
Conducted extensive research on the state of post-earthquake rehabilitation and human rights.

Constituent Correspondence Intern, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas' Office

Lawrence, MA, USA, July 2012- Aug 2012
Worked on immigration, healthcare, refinancing, and other constituent casework in one of the poorest districts in the United States.