Zahria is a first year MA student in Theatre and Performance Studies, as well as a scholar, playwright, and actress. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Zahria’s undergraduate research project, #MizzouMade, analyzed how Zahria’s position as a black woman and a student at the University of Missouri during the Fall 2015 Protests impacted the development of her identity in a predominantly white academic space. Using playwriting as a research method, she developed this data into a one act play/solo performance.
Additionally, Zahria’s one act play, Passion Play, which explores themes of Black Motherhood, #BlackLivesMatter, and Gun Violence, was the 2018 National Finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Following the production of Passion Play at the KCACTF Region 5 Festival, Zahria was awarded the 2019 Citizen Artist Award. Her current research interests are Black Theatre and Performance, Autobiographical [Solo] Performance, and Black Feminism.
BA, Theatre/English, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Areas of Specialization/Interest
Autobiographical Performance, Black Theatre and Performance, Black Feminism, Dramatic Literature
“#MizzouMade: An Autobiographical Play Analyzing One African American Woman’s Undergraduate Experience at the University of Missouri Localized in Fall 2015”, McNair Scholars Conference, Columbia, MO, April 2019
Driving with Dad, directed by Kaylin Jones. Mizzou New Play Series: Studio 4, University of Missouri, Columbia, April 2019.
directed by Cat Gleason. KCACTF Region 5, Festival 51: Belbas Theatre, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD, January 2019 | directed by Cat Gleason. Life and Literature Performance Series: Studio 4, University of Missouri, Columbia, September 2019. | stage reading directed by Psalmayene 24. KCACTF National Festival 2018: Kennedy Center Theatre Lab, The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., April 2018. | stage reading directed by Lainie Vansant. KCACTF Region 5, Festival 50: Des Moines, IA, January 2018
Corduroy, directed by Matt Saltzberg. Larry D. Clark Sumer Repertory Theatre: Studio 4, University of Missouri, Columbia, June 2019.
Every 28 Hours, directed by Claire Syler. Rhynsburger Theatre, University of Missouri, Columbia, February 2019.
The Green Duck Lounge, directed by Claire Syler. Original Production. Rhynsburger Theatre, University of Missouri, Columbia, February 2018.
Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts I, II, and III, directed by Cheryl Black. Rhynsburger Theatre, University of Missouri, Columbia, November 2017.
Member, Dramatists Guild of America