I was a reader in Capital Repertory Theatre's Next Act! New Play Summit! I participated in the THE FIRST 15 event – where audience members act as literary managers and vote on whether or not they would request the full script to read.
I read in an open rehearsal of THE ADVENTURES OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS by Hammaad Chaudry at New Dramatists.
May 08, 2018
I performed in Old Fucking Friends by Cary Gitter, directed by Colette Robert, part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood Bloodworks Readings.
May 03, 2020
I'll be embodying Golda Meir (among others) in this delightful musical by Bernie Kukoff, Alan Gelb, and Lucille Lichtblau. Produced by Broadway and Hollywood veteran Bernie Kukoff, who also created ‘The Cosby Show”.
I performed in The Bad News Bearers, a new play by Drew University student Mikhaela Simon. The play won the 2018 Robert Fisher Oxnam Award in Playwriting. This Festival is a collaboration between Drew University and The Ensemble Studio Theatre.
SLUT by Nayna Agrawal
April 09, 2018
I'm performing in SLUT by Nayna Agrawal, Directed by Emily Lyon. The reading will present as part of Hunger & Thirst Theatre's TELLING TRIFLES, a Festival inspired by Susan Glaspell.
When: Monday April 9th at 8:30pm
Where: West End Theatre, following a performance of a few short plays.
I had the opportunity to join Jon Shear's TAKE ACTION class and workshop a scene from The Color Of Mourning, a new screenplay by Kim Dempster.
Script Development in Princeton
January 30, 2018
Reading the role of Miss Eureka in script workshop of a new play by Migdalia Cruz in Princeton, NJ, directed by Elena Aaroz. Miaou-Wow- Wow: Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You is a play that Araoz helped Princeton commission from the writer.
Shooting an Industrial with SmartPros
December 20, 2017
On set for an industrial film at SmartPros Studio for Health Care Consulting Services (HCCS).
December 19, 2017
I spent the day contributing to THRIVE by Lauren Feldman, directed by Larissa Lury. THRIVE is a play in development, funded by the Women's Project
Paradise by Laura Maria Censabella
October 05, 2017
I have been cast as Yasmeen Al-Hamadi in Laura Maria Censabella's new play Paradise.
Paradise tells the story of a Muslim-American teenage girl in the Bronx and her mysterious high school biology teacher (played by veteran actor Grant Shaud).
I'll be performing in Jim Ferrell's play The Geography of Velocity at PS21 in Chatham, NY. This new play explores the complexities of experience behind the story of a father and daughter who emigrate from Romania to New York City in 1988 fleeing the oppressive regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu. The staged reading is directed by Robert Zukerman.
I will spend the week with playwright Lauren Feldman, director Larissa Lury, and 4 other actresses exploring a piece of devised theatre, part of New Georges "Audrey Residency." We will re-construct the journey of Jeanne Baret — rockstar botanist, first woman to circumnavigate the globe (albeit masked as a man), mother who refused to be a mother.
NYTimes Review of THE GOOD MUSLIM
December 25, 2019
Check out this review in the New York Times of The Good Muslim!
I'm performing the role of Aliah, in Zakiyyah Alexander's THE GOOD MUSLIM, directed by Billy Carden. Part of the the Ensemble Studio Theatre's 36th Marathon of One-Acts, SERIES C. Running from June 10th-30th at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 545 West 52nd Street, NYC.
I was a reader at New Dramatists' AFTER SEVEN FESTIVAL. This is an annual festival celebrating the playwrights who are completing their seven-year residencies: Annie Baker, Daniel Beaty, Madeleine George, Sibyl Kempson, James McManus, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Betty Shamieh, and Francine Volpe.
I had the privelege to read excerpts from Betty Shamieh's As Soon As Impossible and Malvolio
Check out live recordings from "The Art of Memory": A Performance of Poetry and Prose from the Bellevue Literary Review. The BLR's Off the Page Series brings the poetry and prose published in the Bellevue Literary Review to life through performance by actors from stage and screen. On October 19, 2016, the BLR presented a performance of work from their fall theme issue, "The Art of Memory," featuring actors Lily Balsen and Jinn S. Kim.
I'll be playing the role of Nadia in a reading of Cary Gitter's new play MENORAH with the West of 10th Theater Company, directed by Michael Leibenluft. The reading will take place on Monday, October 24 at 7:30 pm at New Perspectives Theater Company on 37th and 10th Ave.
I'll be performing in Dan Giles "Last Cigarette," directed by Dara Malina. This brand spanking new 10 minute play is part of SERIES B and will perform during the following times:
Tuesday 10/18 - 9pm
Thursday 10/20 - 7pm
Saturday 10/22 - 8pm
I'm thrilled to be performing at Off the Page series "The Art of Memory," October 19 @ 6pm, the Bellevue Literary Review's fall 2016 journal kickoff series. I'll be reading alongside actor Jinn S. Kinn.
Wednesday Oct 19, 6-7:30 pm
NYU Medical Center (First Ave at 31st Street).
Performance ~75 minutes, no intermission. FREE!
The Bellevue Literary Review was created as a forum for creatively exploring a broad array of issues in medicine and society, using fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to better understand the nuanced tensions that define our lives both in illness and in health.
20 MINUTES OF ACTION is now live on IMDB and will be submitted to festivals this Fall. I deliver a 10 minute monologue (along with 29 other women) in this a documentary-style film that brings to life through performance the harrowing victim's impact statement written by the Brock Turner rape survivor known as Emily Doe. Charles Nuckolls directs.
WRITING ON THE WALL, A Staged Reading. Featuring: Margot Avery, Lily Balsen, Crawford Collins, Bob Jaffe, Jim Nugent, Jay Patterson, Mike Smith Rivera. Written & Directed By Charles Nuckolls. Post-Performance Talkback & Reception. 6:30pm on Tuesday August 9th at the ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE, 549 W 52ND ST, NYC.
On Thursday August 4th at 10pm at The Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th St., NYC) , I'll be performing in a new play reading of ANTIGONES By Eric Marlin, directed by Emma Weinstein. Two bros watch the dissident Antigone buried alive on national television. The spectacle inspires a misguided attempt to capture her martyrdom in art, as they glibly repurpose her story in search of some truth about the nature of suffering.
Staged reading of "Sycorax: Cyber Queen of Qamara" by Fengar Gael, directed by Cheryl Faraone, as a part of Project Y Theatre's WOMEN IN THEATRE FESTIVAL at Theatre Row! 8pm. Featuring Lily Balsen, Bill Army, Ana Reeder, and others.
In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the sorceress, Sycorax, was reported by Prospero deceased, but Sycorax is still alive, having waited five hundred years for the ideal technology to reveal the truth of her story to the widest possible audience: the World Wide Web. While Big Brother was watching, Big Sister was waiting.
I'll be returning to the PS21 Tent (the scene of last year's craziness) for two nights only of SHTICK ‘EM UP! Summer Shtick, Volume 2! Audiences didn’t seem to get enough shtick last summer so it’s back for two nights only! All new comedy, scenes, monologs, Music and a variety of amusing characters will take to the stage in this new production! Friday 7/15 & Saturday 7/16 @8pm.
Delighted to perform in Chiara Atik's A Little Softer Now , directed by Danya Taymor at EST/Yougblood's June brunch!! www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org/est-youngblood/
EST/Youngblood April BRUNCH
May 01, 2016
April 3rd BRUNCH: I had the opportunity to perform the role of Tessa in Jahna Ferron-Smith's twisted play, S1gn2 at the EST/YOUNG BLOOD April brunch, "I See Brunch People". John Giampietro directed and Lilli Stein and Chris Wight joined me on stage. Twist endings, bacon, and good company! www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org/est-youngblood/