I am a writer, teacher, director and scholar. For the 2016-2017 academic year, I will serve as a Preceptor of Expository Writing at Harvard University while completing my PhD in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My academic research concerns the political figure of the animal in East African theatre and performance. My articles, essays and reviews have appeared in ASTR Online, Theatre Journal, The Johannesburg Salon, Theatre Survey, Performance Research, Africa is a Country, HowlRound, Brittle Paper and The Los Angeles Review of Books. I am also translating the complete plays of the Tanzanian dramatist Ebrahim Hussein from Swahili into English for Oxford University Press. Before coming to Berkeley, I earned my AB from Princeton University in Comparative Literature with certificates in African Studies and Creative Writing, and my MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, also in Comparative Literature.
In 2007, New York Magazine named me "a star of tomorrow" on the basis of my forthcoming novel, Live To Tell Me So. I've published creative nonfiction essays in Blunderbuss and Hippocampus. My plays have been produced or developed at Theatre Intime, Princeton University, the Capital Fringe Festival, UC Berkeley, CU Boulder, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, CAP 21, Ars Nova's ANT Fest, SUNY Buffalo, the Rhinebeck Writers' Retreat and Play Ground San Francisco / Thick House. I was a 2012-2013, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 member of the PlayGround San Francisco Writing Pool and had three of my short plays read at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In 2011, I directed the North American premiere of Ebrahim Hussein's Kinjeketile at U.C. Berkeley.
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