We are MENASA* women creatives, community-builders and change-agents.
*(of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian backgrounds)
Our acts of creativity, community and compassionate leadership can heal and evolve our selves and societies.
Once upon a time.... a woman told one story and then another, night after night, for 1001 Nights. Her name was Shahrazad, and she --along with her sister Dunyazad-- saved the women of her land from the murderous rage of the king. This project is inspired by this act of creativity, healing and liberation.
We convene participants in intimate in-person circles for conversation
Covid-era community building via zoom and other platforms
Partnering with MENASA, creative and nonprofit organizations to provide unique facilitated conversations and experiences
A card deck with prompts to start meaningful conversations in small groups. The first deck is inspired by stories from '1001 Nights.'
Conversations with some of the Shahrazads of our times
Short documentary profiles of the people, communities and issues we're thinking about
is a major Bay Area theater that, guided by the artistic direction of Obie Award-winning Eric Ting, has emerged as a leader in promoting Equity in theater and incorporating the voices and perspectives of community partners in the works on our stage. Our work to lift up the voices so frequently left out of society’s narrative.
Cal Shakes is producing a reimagined '1001 NIGHTS' for the 2022 season.
directs the Shahrazad Squad. She produces documentary media as well as transformative community arts projects with various partners. She brings years of creative practice, facilitation, community building and nonprofit management to this project. She has received fellowships and grants from the NEA, New York Foundation for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Work Fund, California Arts Council and many others for her projects.
The California Arts Council strengthens arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all.
This project is made possible through 'Humanities for All' program at Cal Hum, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org
Supporting the revival of old art forms and the innovation of new, visionary ones