Fawzia Mirza is an actor, producer, writer who believes in dispelling the myth of the ‘model minority’ in mainstream media and in the power of comedy to tackle divisive topics and breakdown stereotypes. She was named a White House ‘Champion of Change’ in Asian American Art & Storytelling, a 3Arts Grant Recipient in Acting, a ‘Top 10 Creative’ by Indiewire magazine, one of Chicago's ‘Rising Stars’ of indie filmmaking and was named to New City Magazine’s ‘Film 50’ list. Her short films have screened at festivals all over the world. In 2016, she was named one of ‘8 Muslims Defying Donald Trump’ for her mockumentary "The Muslim Trump", about Donald Trump's illegitimate Muslim daughter and she is featured in the acclaimed Emmy-nominated and Peabody, Gotham and GLAAD-Award winning web series "Her Story". She has performed theatre across Chicago, including her own one-person play "Me, My Mom & Sharmila" which she's currently developing into a screenplay. She emceed the Chicago Women's March and hosts The Moth monthly at Evanston's Space. Her work has been covered nationally and internationally, including in Marie Claire, Jezebel, Al-Jazeera, AV Club, .Mic, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, NBC News, VICE, The LA Times, Red Eye Chicago, New City Magazine, Indiewire, DNA India, Newsweek Pakistan, and a lot of Indian and Pakistani tabloids. Her latest short documentary "The Streets are Ours" world premiered at the Nashville International Film Festival where it won Audience Award for Best Short Documentary.Signature Move", which she co-wrote, produced and stars in, is Mirza’s first feature-length film, directed by Jennifer Reeder and starring film legend Shabana Azmi. It world premiered at SXSW 2017, is touring festival circuits now and will be distributed on Amazon Video 2018.
Three things you may not know about Fawzia...
I was a Lawyer.
I am becoming an introvert.
I love underwear.