SYMPOSIA ACTIVITY

2018 - “Contemporary Scholarship on Dance & Dancers in/from Iran” - Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies Roundtable – Organizer and participant in the discussion with Drs. Anthony Shay and Ida Meftahi.

2017 - 2018 - Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies, “Mediations of Movement: Theorizing Dance on Screen,” Co- curator and co-organizer of three lectures throughout the 2017–2018 academic year with Dr. Usha Iyer (Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Stanford University).

2016 - 2017 - Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies, “Dance on the Move: Migration, Border Zones, and Citizenship,”curator and organizer of six lectures and performances throughout the 2016–2017 academic year.

2016 - Discussant in “Art, Social Space, and Public Discourse in Iran” – Stanford University, in panel “Other(ed) Spaces.”

2010 – 2015 - Townsend Center for Humanities Dance Studies Working Group, UC Berkeley, Co-organizer.

2012 - TDPS Annual Speaker Series Committee, UC Berkeley, “Break/ing Ground: Critical Dialogues in Sound and Motion” featuring Thomas DeFrantz and Fred Moten.


SERVICE (UNIVERSITY & COMMUNITY)

2019 - Journal Article Reviewer, Middle East Critique

2017 – current - ARTogether, Advisory Board Member, SF Bay Area-based nonprofit organization that develops and facilitates workshops, after-school art programs, and summer arts camps with refugee and immigrant youth.

2014 - Journal Article Reviewer, P(art)icipatory Urbanisms, eds. Karin Shankar and Kirsten Larson

2013 – 2016 Research Assistant for Professor SanSan Kwan (Dept. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley), Organization of dance performances and dance studies lectures; research for article on issues pertaining to “contemporary dance” (nomenclature, marketing, practice, academic departments).

2013 – 2014 - Production Committee Graduate Student Representative, Dept. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley


INTERNSHIPS & EMPLOYMENT (SELECT)

2013 - DanceVersity: World Dance for Youth – San Francisco, CA

Commissioned to create an Iranian dance module for grades K – 5. Responsibilities included: Creation of four dance choreographies consisting of two grade-appropriate levels (employing principles of the California Academic Content Standards for Dance); Creation of lecture and visual materials consisting of geography, language, religion, history, arts, dance costuming, and musical instruments.

2012 - Golden Thread Productions – San Francisco, CA

Coordination of Golden Thread Productions’ ReOrient 2012 Forum – As part of Golden Thread Productions’ month-long ReOrient Festival of short plays from/about the Middle East, the ReOrient Forum brought together theater/performance artists, activists, and scholars in dynamic dialogues about Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern-American theatre and performance – Responsibilities included: development of forum content (panel topics and descriptions), coordination of 35 panelists (recruitment, bios, travel and accommodation needs, tech needs, on-site contact during forum), sponsorship requests, recruiting and overseeing volunteers, on-sight coordinator during the two-day forum, MC during forum.

2002 – 2005 - 45th Street Clinic, Homeless Youth Clinic Outreach – Seattle, WA

Outreach to homeless youth in drop-in centers and shelters across the greater Seattle area and provided information and resources about the 45th Street Clinic’s free services for homeless youth.