who? how? why?
Anita began telling stories at 5 years old. In Iran, her parents had their medical offices downstairs and would sometimes leave Anita to herself, watching Iranian dubbed Disney movies. When her parents would come back upstairs, she loved seeing them decompress after a long day in front of the TV, and witnessing the different characters that would transport them to happy places. So she began trying to do the same by crafting skits with drawings/toys and presenting stories at family functions.
When Anita turned 6 years old, she and her parents immigrated to the United States. At 11 years, her parents signed her up for acting classes so she would have somewhere to expend her creative energy, but mostly to practice her English. Little did they know that these acting classes would propel her into pursuing storytelling for the long run.
In university, Anita got degrees in Drama and Public Health Sciences, with a minor in Anthropology. This scholastic combo transformed Anita's views on humanity and elevated her purpose in art. It also further illuminated the fact that she wanted more mastery as a storyteller, to which she committed in getting her Masters in Acting from Columbia University.
Today, Anita's mission is to make art (whether acting, writing, or producing) that unapologetically holds a mirror to society and encourages empathy amongst human beings. In the effort of doing this, Anita recalls that memory of seeing her parents transfixed and transported after a long days work in Iran. That flame to create that kind of art burns bright within her still.