Visiting Artist Lecture: Nadia P Manzoor


Friday, March 27, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 2M Performance Space

Courageous Comedy: Using Laughter to Spark Difficult Dialogues

With news headlines frequently broadcasting stories that reinforce pejorative thought patterns about Eastern cultures in the West, it's sometimes tricky to engage with this content in a meaningful way. Comedy allows us to investigate the themes of cultural stereotypes and conflicts with a sense of humor and a critical eye. Join Nadia P Manzoor, as she performs a segment from her critically acclaimed one-woman show, shares an episode of her new web-series, and engages the audience in a lively dialogue. Come with questions! Come with opinions! Here's something to get you started: What tools have you used to overcome culturally challenging moments in your life? To what extent can we make fun of our cultural values? To what extent can we allow other to make fun of our cultural values? We want to hear your thoughts.

Nadia Parvez Manzoor is an actor, writer and producer. She spent her earlier years in a Pakistani Muslim home in North London and has since moved from Singapore to Dubai, from Boston to her home base in Brooklyn. In the past year, she has created and acted in the web series Shugs and Fats. She has had sold-out runs of her one woman show, Burq Off!, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. Manzoor graduated from Boston University with an M.A. in social work, where her passion was to merge the arts and social reform. Her one woman show, Burq Off!, is a manifestation of this intention. Her interests lie in asking provocative questions and in challenging the status quo. To further fuse her interests in performance and social justice, she founded Paprika Productions, an all-female production company that produces works by brave, curious women.