Educator & Facilitator
I engage with issues of human rights, theatre, creative resistance, and politics through talks, workshops, and lectures.
I facilitate theatre workshops for non-actors to build community, spark change, and instill hope in conflict zones.
I also use these theatrical methods to facilitate workshops on human rights activism.
workshops in London
I work with refugees and asylum-seekers in London in two projects. With Scheherazade Initiatives, I support refugee women to facilitate each other in drama-based workshops for English language learning. At the University of East London’s Open Learning Initiative, I co-facilitate poetry-drama workshops for refugees and asylum-seekers who are pursuing higher education.
In Manguchak, a village on the India-Pakistan border, I facilitated a workshop with 27 women in which we created theatre to interpret the violences that surround them. We created plays about the cross-border shelling that regularly destroys their crops, property, and cattle, as well as about the domestic assault that pervades every household. Through the workshop, the participants realized that they are not alone in enduring the violence and formed a community of strong, courageous women who defied patriarchal expectations when they achieved their political goals.
I trained a group of actors in Jammu city in Augusto Boal's "forum theatre." Through this method, they chose social issues that were relevant to their community and created short plays about the problems. They then invited audience members to intervene in the plays and test out solutions to the problems.
The actors performed plays about restrictions for women, overwhelming family expectations, and (pictured above) blind faith and superstition in times of crisis.