About

Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is an independent scholar, artist, and linguist whose work bridges the gap between community and the crumbling ivory tower. In 2020, Ullah received a theater commission from the Park Avenue Armory to create her new play Bury Me Home for the 100 Years 100 Women Project. Ullah is the creative director, playwright, and performer of the critically-acclaimed Hijabi Monologues—a theater project about the lived experiences of Muslim women who happen to wear the headscarf—that toured for over a decade across the United States and internationally from the Peacock Theatre in Dublin to Theatre Zuidplein in Rotterdam to AtAmerica in Jakarta to the Bush Theatre in London. Ullah’s theater work has been reviewed by the BBCThe StageExeunt MagazineThe Asian Writer, and British Council Voices. Committed to critical pedagogy in all kinds of spaces, Ullah is the recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Her most recent publication “Entangled Devotional Commitments: Reading the Burdah in Egypt, South Africa, and Indonesia” appeared in a special issue of the Asian Journal of African Studies (AJAS). Ullah has facilitated storytelling workshops at Rikers Island and has taught literature through the Justice-in-Education Initiative. She consults on diversity, equity, and inclusion for arts, entertainment, and educational institutions as well as US Embassies and the British Council, and she is a dramaturg and script creator for the Neighborhood Theatre Project. Currently, Ullah is working on her liberatory vision and path.