Award-Winning Playwright and Artist
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Bina Sharif is an award-winning Pakistani-American playwright, director, actor, poet, visual artist and performer. Ms. Sharif has had 24 plays produced in the U.S., Europe, and Pakistan. Since September 11th, she has written 7 plays dealing with Islam, fundamentalism, terrorism, and war, including Democracy in Islam, Muslim Glitter, Republic of Iqra, Why?, and Here Comes The Change, all produced in NYC. Ms. Sharif’s one woman play Afghan Woman, written as a response to September 11th and the war in Afghanistan, was produced in New York City at the Theater for the New City in January 2002. Afghan Woman is still being performed in various universities all over the U.S. and globe, including the University of Hawaii, Islamabad Club Pakistan, Belgium, and Manchester (UK). Her play, My Ancestor’s House, is published in the anthology Contemporary Plays by American Women of Color and is being taught in many universities throughout the U.S. Ms. Sharif has won a number of awards for her playwriting, including the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Jerome Foundation Award and Franklin Furnace Award. She was also nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award for her acting by Chicago's Goodman Theater. She has an on-going project of visual art and writing combined called “Manhattan Days.” Ms. Sharif holds a medical degree from Pakistan and a Masters in Public Health from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.