Fizza Hasan, one of the founding members of Theatre Wallay, is also its artistic director. Theatre Wallay, an Islamabad based company, evolved from a group she brought together in 2005. Director, actor, producer, trainer and writer, Fizza has been involved with almost every one of the group’s productions to date, of which the “Voices of Partition” , and ‘On Common Ground’ toured the United States in 2015, and 2017 respectively.
By profession, Fizza is a teacher of French and English literature as well as a teacher trainer. She has been working in the education sector for more than twenty years.
Safeer Ullah Khan
Safeer joined TW towards the end of 2010. His first project was ‘Tartuffe (A French Play in Urdu)’. He has contributed to the development of TW in many ways. He has acted in plays, written scripts, trained new entrants, directed plays, and organized Urdu reading and recitation sessions especially the TW Annual Event Shaam e Sukhan. He scripted ‘Bachay Hamaray Ehd Ke’ – a play for children performed in Children Literature Festival in Islamabad. He directed ‘Siasat @ 8 PM’, performed in ‘This Stained Dawn’, and has conducted numerous training sessions for new entrants. He is the one who takes care of this website also. He holds a masters degree in English literature, and has served the communication needs of many nonprofit and for-profit entities including Channel 7 Private Limited, Adgroup Private Limited, Bedari, and USAID Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program. (Read more)
Ammar joined Theatre Wallay in 2014 and has been part of several productions since. He has been part of the acting and writing teams of ‘Voices of Partition’ and On Common Ground/Zard Paton ka Ban. Major roles played by him include Chekhov’s The Bear, and Arturo Ui in an Urdu production of Brecht’s classic The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Recently, he has also started experimenting with direction, starting with co-directing a staging of Manto’s radio plays, and directing an original children’s play, Bachay Hamaray Ehd Ke.
Imran Iftikhar works with Theatre Wallay as an actor, writer and member of the core team. He has acted in a number of plays in English and in Urdu. Most recently, he co-wrote and acted in On Common Ground, which toured Portland and Ashland, Oregon, this summer He is a teacher at heart, and has spent the last few years teaching History at Middle School level. For the past year he has also been working with The History Project, handling their operations in Islamabad. Imran loves to travel, and likes to play the Tabla in his spare time.
A legal researcher by profession, teaching University of London distance learning LLB and LLM students, Rabia has been part of Theatre Wallay since its inception as an actor and has worked on several projects with the team over the years.
Usama Ahmed Khan
Usama, a multi-talented artist, joined a theater workshop in 2018, and never left Theatre Wallay since then. He was part of Arturo Ui Youn Qabiz Hua, Yeh Shehr Zair e Tameer Hai, and ‘The School for Wives’. Usama has worked on short films as writer and director and bagged multiple wins in film festivals. In 2013, his film ‘Democracy – Made in Pakistan’ stood first in 60 Seconds Film Festivals. In the following year, another short film ‘Jamhoori Tamasha’ won him another prize in the same Festival. Also, he has been performing as stand-up comedian in twin cities since 2015. For living, he works as Senior Design Engineer in a software company in Islamabad.
Ramil is a corporate slave who believes that art is necessary to keep one’s soul alive. He has been working with Theatre Wallay as an actor, writer and a part of the management team. He has acted in several plays with Theatre Wallay and also co-directed a short play for Pehli Kiran Schools. Ramil is as confused about what to do in his life as he is sure about his passion for theatre. Aside from theatre, Ramil is also a stand-up comedian who co-founded Comedy Square Pakistan – the pioneer stand-up comedy group in the city.
Adil Yousuf joined Theatre Wallay in 2018 as part of a workshop for beginners. His first play was ‘Yeh Shehr Zair e Tameer Hai’. Later, he remained part of ‘Siasat @ 8 PM’, ‘Arturo Ui Youn Qabiz Hua’, ‘Bhago’, and ‘The School for Wives’. He has acted in these plays, and contributed to the scripts in some of them. He has a passion for writing; his writings have been published in Daily Times, and Stimson Center. However, he feels that he is a cinema person at heart, and plans to become a filmmaker ultimately. He has done PhD in international relations from Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad.
Kazim is the stage manager for this project, and has been working with theatre wallay as an actor, writer and stage manager. He recently graduated from university with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy.
Mustafa has been working with Theatre Wallay for over ten years. He is mainly a sound designer, but often acts as an understudy. In his free time, Mustafa appreciates strange rock music and American comic book culture.
Joining Theatre Wallay at the end of 2019, Karum Kiani, who graduated as an architect from NUST, has been excited to take part in TW’s activities in varying capacities. From getting the opportunity to design set and costumes for a play, to conducting various art and crafts based workshops, she has been utilizing her design background to take on projects that fulfil her creative ambitions. Currently designing furniture as her day job, she is committed to her love of the theater and hopes to take on more exciting projects in the future.
Umer Farooq Bhatti
Umer is a professional screen and theatre actor, having his professional acting training from U.K where he also worked in many short films, TV serials, theatre plays, radio drama and voice over work. Umer is also IMDb credited for his professional work. He has been part of Theatre Wallay for over 2 years and has performed in various plays including Siasat @ 8 PM, Arturo Ui Youn Qabiz Hua, and School for Wives.
Sara Batool Pasha works with Theatre Wallay as an actor and writer. She is a true science-geek at heart, but does not believe in the hard line some may draw between science and the arts. Sara has been part of numerous projects so far; her most recent being: Shammo – a left-behind wife of an illegal immigrant, in our original play, Bhago! She is currently teaching middle school English Language and Literature in Islamabad, with the performing arts being a permanent part of her life.
Fifteen year old Zainab Hasan spends her mornings at school and her evenings working with Theatre Wallay. When not acting in a production, she chooses to work backstage, and plans on staying connected to the world of theatre well into the future. Zainab is also an avid writer of fiction, and tries to keep her two worlds linked.
Born and raised in Rawalpindi, Razia started singing at an early age and ever since has been super passionate about her musical abilities. She joined Theatre Wallay 2017 as a vocalist as part of the project ‘On Common Ground’. She has also performed in several musical events at Theatre Wallay and elsewhere. She has lent her voice to many musicals, a few jingls, and had been a voice to an OST for ‘Main Khyal Hoon Kisi Aor Ka’. Quite recently, she sang a song for Pakistani feature film ‘Heer Maan Ja’.
Ikram Ullah Khan
Ikram Ullah Khan joined TW team in 2011. He has acted in major productions like Siyasat @ 8PM, Dagh Dagh Ujala, Zard Patton Ka Bann and some more. When not on stage, he will be providing either a technical support for visuals, sounds and lights behind the scene or will be hanging around with a DSLR camera. He is a software engineer by training.