Sohrab and Rustum
The Other Mr. Gandhi
Children's Stories from India
Zaraawar Mistry is an actor, writer,
and producer in the Twin Cities. He was a co-founder
Center for Independent
Artists (2001-2005) and an Associate Artistic
Director at Theater
Mu (1996-1999). As an
he has performed at the Guthrie, the Children's
Company and Mixed Blood Theater. He has
collaborated as an actor, writer and director with
Ragamala Dance. Zaraawar has written and performed in several one man plays, and mentored over a dozen actors, musicians and puppeteers in developing and producing their solo works.
Zaraawar's first one man play, Sohrab and Rustum, premiered at the Center for Independent Artists in 2002. His next solo play, Indian Cowboy, was presented at Mixed Blood Theater in January 2006, and was published in Asian American Plays for a New Generation. Both these plays were presented at Asia Society in New York City and at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. His next solo work, The Other Mr. Gandhi, premiered at Dreamland Arts in February 2012 and opened Illusion Theater's 25th Fresh Ink series in July 2012. In 2014, Zaraawar received an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to develop a new one man show, Dr. Deep, which premiered at Dreamland Arts in 2015. Zaraawar regularly performs a storytelling program, Children's Stories from India at schools and libraries in the Twin Cities, across Minnesota, and occasionally in other states around the U.S.
Minnesota Public Radio profile of Zaraawar Mistry by Marianne Combs
Zaraawar has an M.F.A. in Theatre from UC, San Diego and a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He has received numerous grants in support of his work, from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Playwright's Center among others. He has taught theater classes in the Twin Cities, and has been the Interim Program Director for the City Arts program at H.E.C.U.A.. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Hamline University in 2007, and was a Mentoring Artist for the COMPAS ArtsWork program from 2010-2014. Zaraawar is a theater consultant and works part time as the Artist Resources Coordinator for Springboard for the Arts.
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