Shaista is a queer Afghan-Canadian playwright, performer and facilitator.
Latif’s work is primarily based in solo creation/performance and live art. Her play Graceful Rebellions has been presented at the Rhubarb Festival, Halifax Queer Acts Festival, SummerWorks and the NAC’s Ontario Scene Festival. In 2014, Latif was the recipient of The Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award. Shaista has facilitated for PrideCab, a Buddies in Bad Times youth program and for Cahoots' Crossing Gibraltor program. Latif also teaches workshops focused on communication and storytelling for newcomers and ESL students across the GTA. Shaista was recently part of the playwright’s unit Hot House at Cahoots Theatre Company. She was a 2014/2015 playwright in residence at Diaspora Dialogues supported by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The residency led her to create How I Learned to Serve Tea which recently launched the Qouleur Festival in Montreal. Her newest play The Archivist, developed in Cahoots’ Hot House Unit, was presented at the 2015 Rhubarb Festival. Latif is currently an artist in residence with Nadia Ross’ company STO Union and is a member of b current’s new artist development program bcHub.
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