(Script Writer, Director, Actor)
Salman Haider has been doing theater since his introduction to the stage in 2001 at Government College Lahore. He joined Theater Wallay in 2011. He has not only acted in Tartuffe and Waiting for Godot, and Dagh Dagh Ujala/This Stained Dawn – three classics produced by Theater Wallay, but has also written Siasat@8PM for the group. Salman, a teacher by profession, is also into blogging for Dawn Urdu and writing poetry.
(Script Writer, Director, Actor, Trainer, Web Manager)
Safeer Ullah Khan has been doing street theater since the year 2000 when he joined Punjab Lok Rahs – a Lahore-based street theater group. He has written many scripts, directed scores of plays, and organized hundreds of performances. He has also imparted theater training to many community-based theater groups in Lahore, Okara, Chakwal, Muzaffargarh, Muzaffarabad, Multan, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
In addition to Bedari, he has served various other NGOs as theater consultant. He has provided consultancies to SACHET, Plan International, Voice against Torture, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Relief International, and Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO).
As he takes care of the TW website, his intro is bound to be longer 🙂
Pasha is a Graphics Designer, Photographer & a Digital Artist, currently employed at International Foundation for Electoral Systems as a Communications Officer.
His tools of trade are :
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Autodesk 3D Studio Max
- Autodesk Maya
- Nikon D3100
A relatively new member of Theatre Wallay, Ammar has very quickly become one of the driving forces in the group. An anthropologist by academic training, and currently teaching world history at a high school, Ammar also has several years of experience collecting oral histories of partition for the Citizens Archives of Pakistan and has also worked on an exchange project connecting Indian and Pakistani school children. He has worked for a year in news production as well. During his years as a student at LUMS, Ammar was involved with dramatics, and since he joined Theatre Wallay, he has shown a flair for both writing and acting. He was part of our project ‘Voices of Partition’, and has performed in Dagh Dagh Ujala/This Stained Dawn, The Bear (Chekhov), and ‘On Common Ground’.
Rabia Pasha is a theatre enthusiast who has been associated with TheatreWalay since its early ‘amateur group’ days in 2005. She has been part of several productions and while she has no formal theatre training, she loves to challenge herself and considers each project a lesson in acting. When she is not on stage, she is usually creating a drama in her classroom at School of International Law where she teaches lawyers in the making, Constitutional law, World trade law, Competition law and law of torts. She also instituted a drama society at the institute, which has allowed many law students to realize their creative calling and has helped others to gain confidence in public speaking.
The man who gave Theatre Wallay its name, Raza Hasan has been working behind the scenes with the group since it came into being. He provides all sorts of support during productions: logistics help, planning, backstage work, transporting furniture, etc. and sheer moral support and faith! Raza works as a security expert with an international organization, but it’s usually very hard to keep track of where he works, as he keeps moving on.
Hishaam Muzaffar has done masters in economics from Quaid-e-Azam University. He has been actively involved with theatre throughout his years of school and college, and was the president of his college dramatics society for three years at Islamabad College of Arts and Sciences (ICAS). He has been an active member of Theatre Wallay since 2011, and has participated in many of its productions as actor (Tartuffe, The Good Doctor, The BFG) and as a reader in reading/recitation sessions like Manto ke Khutoot and Shaam e Sukhan.
Kazim Hussain Carlo
Kazim recently graduated from FCCU with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy. Even though he is studying literature, he is specifically interested in modern drama and the modern-postmodern schools of thought in literature and philosophy both. What fascinates him is the interdisciplinary approach towards any field of study. However, he originally wanted to pursue a career in the plastic arts, and has studied the arts formally up until undergrad. Nonetheless, he has, and still does try to create a fusion of the plastic and literary arts whenever he gets an opportunity to, as they truly are inseparable. Besides his studies, he is a food lover (eating and cooking both), still paints as a hobby, and provides immense support as stage manager as well.
Khan is a health policy analyst by profession, and holds an MPH from the George Washington University. He is currently teaching economics to high school students in Pakistan and is also working as a consultant for various development organizations. He has previously worked with American Urological Association as a health analyst and as a journalist with Pakistan’s only English news channel Express 24/7. In 2011, he was selected for the Fulbright scholarship and in 2013 he was nominated as the Frontline scholar by TEDMED. Dagh Dagh Ujala (This Stained Dawn) was his first project with Theatre Wallay. Later, he was part of ‘On Common Ground’. He has a passion for music, and helps organize musical events at The Farm – TW Studio.
(Actor, Sounds, Lights)
Ikram is an IT professional, working for a private university. He has a passion for theater, and would do whatever possible to be part of any theater activity. He has been doing theater since 2008 with various groups. He had been part of street theater groups as well. His first formal play was ‘Chiragh’ – a production of Pakistan National Council of Arts. He joined Theatre Wallay in an emergency situation when ‘Tartuffe’ was being staged, and the person responsible for sound management dropped out. Ikram took up the job, and has since worked on stage as well as off stage. His most discussed role was ‘Aam Admi’ in ‘Siasat@8PM’. He often provides technical support in lighting and sound, and takes good photos of our events along with Hasan Pasha.
Rabia is working with Danish and Swiss Red Cross. However, she has an interest in various art forms. She joined kathak classes under Indu Mitha, dabbled with tabla, became part of a street theater group before settling for Theatre Wallay. She has played lead role in the re-production of ‘Siasat@8PM’ peformed in June 2014. Later, she was part of the team that performed Dagh Dagh Ujala/This Stained Dawn in Pakistan and the English version in USA in 2015.
Hiba is pursuing a career in education, working as an academic mentor for middle school teachers as well as a teacher of English language for high school students. She has had a keen interest in theater since her early schooling years, when she was the dramatics representative for her school, and has acted in several plays, one of them being Najam Hossain Syed’s Ik Raat Ravi Di. An enthusiastic member of the Theatre Wallay, Hiba is extremely excited to be acting, researching and writing for theater once again. She is part of our project ‘Voices of Partition’.