Shishir Kurup

Shishir Kurup

Representative Plays: 

Assimilation (2002) 

Exile: Ruminations on a Reluctant Martyr (1992) 


Shishir Kurup, is an actor/writer/director/composer and Books-On-Tape narrator born in Bombay, India raised in Mombasa, Kenya and the U.S. His one-man shows "Assimilation" and "Exile: Ruminations on a Reluctant Martyr" (the latter a commission from Highways Performance Space) have been seen in countless cities and universities nationally and internationally including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Austin, London and Manchester, England. His essay "In-Between-Space" appears in "Let's Get It On: The Politics of Black Performance," published by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Assimilation is published by Rutgers Press in the anthology "Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing." He was profiled in author Mei Ling Cheng's book: "In Other Los Angeleses-Multicentric Performance Art." His solo performance piece "Sharif Don't Like It" examines the fallout from the USA Patriot Act and the disappearance of over two thousand South Asian and Arab Muslims and played in October '09 at the National Asian American Theatre Festival in NYC. He received his BFA in Acting/Directing from the University of Florida and his MFA in acting from the conservatory at U.C. San Diego.

Source: Professional Website 


THEATER : Never More Than a Stranger : Playwright Shishir Kurup is constantly grappling with identity and roots. His new work sheds light on the lives and concerns of the little-known Arab community in L.A.