who? how? why?
Anita began telling stories at 5 years old. In Iran, her parents worked in their own medical offices downstairs. They would often leave Anita all to herself, watching Farsi dubbed Disney movies. When her parents would come back upstairs, she loved seeing them decompress in front of the TV, and watching them be transported and delighted by the different characters on screen. So she began trying to do the same by crafting skits for them with her toys, to which her parents, naturally, asked her to perform them at family functions-- her first audience.
At 6 years old, she and her family uprooted and immigrated to the United States. In an effort to have her practice English, her parents signed her up for acting classes. (Also to have her expend her eccentric/creative energy somewhere). Little did they know that these acting classes would set up her path for the long run.
In university, Anita got degrees in Drama and Public Health Sciences, with a minor in Anthropology. This scholastic combination fueled Anita's life's purpose: to use art as a means of healing, by chronicling human experiences in an effort to raise awareness and encourage empathy. It also further illuminated the fact that she wanted more mastery as a storyteller, to which she committed to getting her Masters in Acting from Columbia University.
Today, Anita's mission is to make art (whether acting or writing) that unapologetically holds a mirror to society, sheds a light on Middle Eastern communities, and encourages empathy amongst us all.
In an effort to do this, Anita often recalls seeing her parents transfixed and transported after a long days work in Iran. That flame to create and bring joy burns bright within her still.