Safeer has over 20 years of theater experience. He has attended various training courses conducted by various Fulbright scholars in past 7 years. Among his theater teachers, he holds in high esteem Musadiq Sanwal, David Studwell, Kathleen Mulligan, and his Improv guru Jim Robinson. He was part of the team ‘This Stained Dawn’ (Dagh Dagh Ujala) that visited USA in 2015.
He was also selected for International Visitors Leadership Program – an exchange program run by US State Department – under the theme ‘Arts for Social Change’. He spend three busy weeks in five States in the USA meeting people from various arts institutions and organizations in 2013.
He has vast experience of street theater. He has expertise in developing scripts, training new groups, and direction. He has directed many plays for Theatre Wallay including ‘Bachay Hamaray Ehd Ke (children’s play)’, ‘Siasat@8PM’ (has recently been performed in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Lahore), ‘Aao Drama Dekhen’, and quite recently ‘Main Ne Kuch Nahi Keya’ – a play developed and performed by his students from the first batch of The Acting Class.
He was the lead Acting Coach of the 1st batch of the Acting Class held at Rung School of Music and Arts. The classes were held from Feb 2019 to May 2019. The Class continued to work together and decided to go through all the phases of developing and performing a play. The students developed a script, held auditions, collected all the props, prepared costumes, ran publicity/marketing campaigns, sold tickets, and learnt a little bit about lights and sounds. The final performances were held on 27th and 28th July. They received standing ovation from the audience.
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He has been engaged by many national and international NGOs (including Catholic Relief Services, Coffee International, Bedari, SDPI, Islamic Relief, and The Asia Foundation) to train young theater artists, and develop plays on various social issues including domestic violence, health and hygiene, girls’ education, child marriages, and sexual harassment.
He speaks English, Urdu, Pashto, and Punjabi fluently, and understand Seraiki and Sindhi as well.
His documentary ‘A Tale of Two Marriages’ (developed for Bedari/ Commonwealth of Learning) has been translated into 4 languages and is screened for communities in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
and here you can see Safeer in action – glimpses from Tartuffe – a French Play in Urdu