This is part of a series about our 2016 Emerging Artists. They will perform selections from three powerful plays by Black women, August 5-7, for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Showcase. Join us for this free show! LEARN MORE.

Sadiqua Iman | Director

Q: How did you first get involved with theatre?
A: Church, school, playgrounds, all were backdrops to my grand imagination. My sister and I use to coordinate the neighborhood youth into a full circus troupe. We made tickets to give to our parents and even had our own mistress of ceremony. If we were not turning the playground into a circus, I was turning the dinner table into  a stage and performing every song choreography mash up I knew, or could make up on the spot. I did not have a choice in this entertainment thing, as you can see,it is my birthright.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: Theatre is important to me, because it is an agent for change. People may not talk about race or sex around mixed company, but they will discuss their viewpoints on a show publicly and proudly. These reactions to art, to theatre in particular, are the first steps to social justice in my opinion.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: As a performer, it is very exciting to finally be seen in a new light. Directing is my new light, and being introduced to the Seattle theatre scene as such, with so much support from Intiman, is a game changer.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: Valerie Curtis-Newton came and spoke to us about producing impactful, honest work that we are proud of. She drilled into our heads that we are all amazing, bu sometimes we will suck and to get over it. She held space for those of us who wanted to actively talk about race relations in the theatre world, then made space for those who felt like they were not a part of the conversation. Valerie made it clear that my desire to make a difference through theatre was not only valid, but required.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My sister Alia Kache is my biggest inspiration. She has done everything I want to do as an artist and more. She is a dancer and choreographer with such a unique style that every dancer she encounters leaves with an essence of her lingering on their aesthetic for the rest of their dance career. She was my first scene partner for stage and for life, the first reality check that I could not wear the light make up my white counterparts wore, and the most elegant performer I have ever witnessed. She is my muse and my best friend.

2016 TCG Rising Leader of Color, Sadiqua Iman, is an independent director, producer and founder of Earth Pearl Collective, a queer womyn of color social justice arts non-profit organization.  As an interdisciplinary artist and activist, she challenges preconceived notions of marginalized identities through theater, dance, and poetry workshops and performances. Sadiqua teaches womyn’s empowerment through burlesque workshops, and you can find her featuring as the character Namii in her one womyn show, Swing at the 2016 Bumbershoot Festival. “That unruly curl. That shapely, textured, shift of consciousness springing forward with bounce, giving non linear expression to unspoken boundaries.”- Sadiqua Iman.

Join us for our Emerging Artist Showcase August 5-7 at Seattle Repertory Theatre. We will feature selections from three plays: The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has To Star In Black And White by Adrienne Kennedy and Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván. The show is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.