Asif Majid is a scholar-artist-educator who researches, performs, makes work, and teaches at the intersection of performance and politics. Particularly, he does this in terms of devising, improvisation, and participatory theatre with marginalized communities.
Asif is pursuing a practice-based PhD in Anthropology, Media, and Performance at The University of Manchester, for which he is devising theatre with British Muslim youth. In 2015, he earned an MA with distinction in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, during which time he served as Research Fellow for The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. Prior to that, in 2013, he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and valedictorian from UMBC after completing a self-designed BA with honors in Interdisciplinary Studies (Global Peace Building and Conflict Management). While at UMBC, he was a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar and became a David L. Boren National Security Scholar to Morocco.
Currently, Asif is an inaugural Lab Fellow with Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. His performance credits include work with The Stoop (US), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (US), Convergence Theatre (US), Royal Exchange Theatre (UK), Unity Theatre (UK), and Action Transport Theatre (UK). His artistic practice tackles issues of social justice that affect communities, creating spaces within which communities can respond to sociopolitical narratives about them. Recent theatre and devising credits have focused on: transnational refugee movement, model minorities in the United States, anti-Muslim hatred, the historical legacy of Partition, and the relationship between sexual harassment and power in Morocco.
As an educator, Asif has reached thousands of young people in the United States and abroad through summer programs, Model UN activities, and teaching. He has served as a facilitator for Arena Stage, Seeds of Peace, and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. His Model UN experience has included designing and running improvisational theatre-based crisis simulations, highlighting global political issues such as the Haitian coup d’état in 1992, Partition in 1947, and conflict in Turkey in 1905 between secularists, Armenians, and the Sultanate. He has taught undergraduate, high school, and middle school students across multiple settings, using online and theatrical simulations to develop their understanding of historical practices of empire, state formation and national identity, and challenges faced by conflict and environmental refugees.
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