I am a writer, teacher, director and scholar currently serving as an Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow in the Drama Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. 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. I earned my AB from Princeton University in Comparative Literature with certificates in African Studies and Creative Writing; my MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, also in Comparative Literature; and my PhD in Performance Studies, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2007, New York Magazine named me "a star of tomorrow" on the basis of my forthcoming novel, Bird in Blue. 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 and one published in The Best of PlayGround. In 2011, I directed the North American premiere of Ebrahim Hussein's Kinjeketile at U.C. Berkeley.