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Rehana Lew Mirza

BARRIERS

When Sunima returns home to face her multi-cultural, Muslim family and announce her pending engagement, she instead becomes trapped in the family loss they never dealt with.

MFA: Playwriting, Columbia University; BFA: Dramatic Writing, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

Rehana’s full-length plays include: Barriers , (NYC premiere at HERE, Sept 2002; West Coast premiere with the Asian American Theater Company in SF/LA, 2003; Princess Grace finalist, 2003.); The Good Muslim (Theater Row, NYC in 2005); Radio Diaries of Hank, Yank, and Prank (John Golden Award), Particles of Pakistan (EST/Sloan Commission) and if it's sad i don't want to see it (Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference semi-finalist). Her short plays have been presented at the Culture Project, EST, The Flea, Center Stage NY, The Tenement Museum, Richmond Shepard Theater, Artwallah (Los Angeles), CSV Center (2G), and Abrons Arts Center. Rehana has been the recipient of a Leopold Schepp fellowship, a 2G Residency, a LMCC artist grant, the 2010 Lark/IAAC Playwright Residency, and a TCG Future Leaders mentorship with New Georges/Susan Bernfield.

Barriers was published with the Alexander Street Press, and was on the theater curriculum at Berkeley, West Virginia University, and Yale University. Her short plays have also been published with the Alexander Street Press as well as in The New York Theater Review, with Blue Box Productions Best of Sticky Series.

Rehana is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Desipina Productions (www.desipina.org) and is currently the co-director of the Ma-Yi Theater’s Writer’s Lab alongside her husband, Michael Lew.


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