Meet Daaimah

Hey, so I have a friend whom I met one time whom I met at a show that my girlfriend brought me to. It was a performance event that was hosted by The New American Theatre Company. After learning about her, I have realized.....that this woman is friggin inspirational! mad talent, she's an art nerd, she's pro black as hell, and she works hard. You're pretty much part of my family now, Daaimah lol OK, anyway, she told me a bit about her path and journey and pretty much what she stands for, and that right now she's working on something that I found really interesting. I'm almost totally sure that I have friends who would want to know about it, so here we are.


Hotel Harare is an experimental play set about a woman who returns to Zimbwabwe after being in America for a few years. Everyone is excited to see her and has many questions about her trip to this magical land and they want to know if it's full of freedom like it says on TV (right?). Another fun fact, is that the main character is connected to a wealthy family and somehow, she does something that takes them into a new territory and puts all that at risk. I'm actually very curious about how this would all play out, because I don't know about you, but with me....just don't play with my money and fortune. That's all I'm sayin. 


"Hotel Harare takes an unapologetic look at women of the born free generation in Southern Africa. Hotel Harare asks what happens when you get your freedom and you find it’s not what you imagined."


The play was written by Daaimah, and directed by Shariffa Ali. They'll be having a workshop presentation at JACK from Feb 11th-13th. JACK is a multi-discplinary performance venue in Clinton Hill. Right now, they are interested in securing funds to help them produce this piece to be all that it can be.



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DAAIMAH MUBASHSHIR (Playwright) is a New York City playwright whose work has been seen at Fire This Time Festival, Manhattan Rep. Theatre, The Play Rise Festival and a number of theatres in Chicago. Full Length plays include Rum for Sale, Night of Power and Clay. Other Theatre work includes Associate Curator of the Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Playwright in Residence at The New American Theatre NY, Associate Director: generations (Soho Rep) and Invisible Hand (NYTW). Other current projects include Everyday Afro Play, learn more at



PHUMZILE SITOLE(Minana) is a South African born and bred actress, writer and voice over artist currently based in New York City. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town before leaving for New York to complete an MFA in Acting at Columbia University. Phumzile has worked on stages such as the Market Theatre in SA and has recent works include playing the Stage Manager in Our Town directed by Tyne Rafaeli as well as touring with a production of Antigone directed by Gregory Mosher where she played the lead role of Antigone in Kenya and SA. She has worked as a voice over artist for many years, from commercial television to radio ads with clients such as KFC, Nike, Dettol and most recently had her voice feature at the UN Summit Opening Ceremony in a short opener for the HumanStory. Visit: for more.

SHARIFFA ALI  (Director) is an Afropolitan theatre maker committed to working internationally at the intersection between performance and humanitarianism. Recent collaborations include MotherStruck! (The Culture Project) Folktales  (Invisible Crown Productions), The Odyssey (The Public Theater), Rasheeda Speaking (The New Group), Live from the Surface of the Moon (Stable Cable Lab Co), The Winter’s Tale (The Public Theater), Ubu and the Secrecy Bill (Aardklop Festival, South Africa) Shariffa serves on the organizing committee of Africa’s Out, an initiative founded by artist Wangechi Mutu aimed at providing vital support to the East African LGBT Community. Performance/live art commissions for the Gordon institute Creative and performing arts in South Africa (GIPCA) include Strand (2012), Land (2011) and Chroma (2011).  Follow her Instagram @chocolate_tart.


SHYKO AMOS (Chengeto) US Credits Include: Familiar at Yale Rep directed by Rebecca Taichman; Generations at Soho Rep directed by Leah Gardiner; Brandon Jacob Jenkins OBIE AWARD WINNING production An Octoroon at Soho Rep; Gin Baby at IRT directed by Daniel Talbot. Cell at EST One Act Marathon directed by Jamie Richards. UK Credits Iclude: Mamma Mia - West End and World Tour;  In Time  at The Almeida Theatre; The UK Tour of Once on This Island and Anansi for Talawa Theatre Company.Originally from the UK Shyko Amos has a BA Hons. Politics Degree from Queen Marys University of London an MA in Musical Theatre from The Guilford School of Acting and is a graduate of the 2 year Acting program at William Esper Studies under the tutelage of Bill Esper. She is a proud Artist Member of EST

Keep an eye for other developments on this. We are currently discussing have a panel event to explore ways that other people of African descent use art to educate their brothers and sisters in this society we live in. Feel free to reach out if you are curious and have any questions about that. We are always interested to talk about that and are always looking for potential panelists and guests as we want to connect with as many people who would benefit from this as possible. Even if you're just curious.


Written by Quinton Counts



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