Ah...set life...

Ah...set life...

I have the honor to work on two independent short films this summer: Chandler by Julia Kennelly and In Silence by Ruba Mansouri. Both projects, written and directed by women, share stories about coming of age and struggling with sexual identity. Women are powerful and should not be afraid to discuss all parts of their lives. Our society has to become comfortable with that. I'm looking at you, 2017!

PRAISE for Acquittal at Pan Asian Rep

  • “Salma Shaw is profound…The ensemble is beautifully shepherded by the director. They turn in outstanding performances. This is a riveting, uplifting production that is not to be missed.”Theater Pizzazz
  • “Perhaps the most heartbreaking character in the play is Marium (Salma Shaw).”The Broadway Blog
  • "Shaw, whose character is pregnant from a gang rape, is energetic and expressive. There is a really touching scene where the women, all with remarkable singing voices, give Marium the new-bride ceremony she never received in real life. It bonds the women in the cell the same way it bonds women around the world, and was really beautiful to behold." Stage Buddy

Booked: Acquittal (Barri)

I am thrilled to start working on the Off Broadway production of Acquittal by Shahid Nadeem. Working with an entirely female cast and director, I am also excited to explore my own heritage.

From Pan Asian Rep:

ACQUITTAL focuses on four women in a Pakistani prison during the 1980s and how they unite in solidarity to overcome injustice. The play was inspired by the playwright’s own imprisonment as young man.

Playwright Shahid Nadeem says of his play, “ACQUITTAL was written in 1987, while I was living in exile in London. It has a specific reference to the early 1980s, when General Zia-ul-Haq had implemented blatant discriminatory ‘Islamic’ laws, which galvanized the women’s movement in Pakistan.” Shahid Nadeem is now the Artistic Director of Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan.

Aizzah Fatima | Gulshan Mia | Salma Shaw | Shetal Shah

Stage Managers: Luis Santiago & Sabrina Morabito
Lighting Design: Leslie Smith | Set Design: You-Shin Chen
Costumes: Hyun Sook Kim | Sound Design: Sinan Refik Zafar

June 10th-25th
(Opening Night on June 15th w/ a reception afterwards)
in Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
410 W. 42nd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Tickets are $62.25* for Opening Night and $42.25 for Regular Performances. To purchase tickets go to, or by calling (212) 239-6200, or by visiting the box office. (*includes theatre restoration fee)

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Booked: Cleveland Play House and NYTW

I had the incredible opportunity to work with the amazing folks at the Cleveland Play House on a series of monologues that were filmed and will be shown in schools. Hopefully, I'll be able to share some clips from that piece, but it was terrific to be able to rehearse and film the piece in one day and be able to discover the comedy and the truth in the moment. Loved it!


I also spent April working at the New York Theatre Workshop on a new play by 2050 Fellow Francis Weiss Rabkin with music by Leslie Allison. Being in a room with very smart actors and creative team encouraged me to share and collaborate fully. And I discovered that I actually might have an inner writer within me! Or at least an inner script supervisor. :) I am very thankful to Francis and Leslie for letting me play with their creation.

Booked: Law & Order: SVU

After having a strong theater career in DC, I moved to New York and basically started over. During the past few years, I have pounded the pavement, forged new relationships with casting, found an acting family, and even managed to book six network roles. But when my unparalleled manager, Annette E. Alvarez, texted me: "U booked SVU!!!!" - my immediate response was, "OMG, OMG, OMG! I am a real New York actor!!!!!" 

Law & Order is a New York institution and has been a part of so many actors' careers that I admire. Though I know it is pursuing my passion that defines my success, a little validation doesn't hurt. Here's to lucky number 7!

Law & Order: SVU, Motherly Love, airs Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 9pm ET.

Onwards and Upwards!

Four years in New York! I am celebrating:

  • Finding new shades of self as one of the leads in Kareem Fahmy and Sevan K. Greene's This Time, a NYT Critic's Pick
  • Fun TV work: Law & Order: SVU (NBC) (otherwise known as, Look! I am a real NYC actor!) and Shades of Blue (NBC)
  • Being told I was funny by Joy Behar, who wrote a new Italian-American comedy set in Queens that I read at Cherry Lane Theater and then breaking hearts in two readings of Abraham's Daughters by Emma Goldman-Sherman
  • Getting back to my musical roots in the 29h concert reading of Ocean in a Teacup, set in India
  • Strengthening my voice with Mike Maixner at Matt Farnsworth Voice and doing the one thing I adore: SINGING!
  • My tribe at AGR and studying with the gorgeous & generous Sarah Baskin
  • My wonderful team: Annette E. Alvarez of Multi-Ethnic Talent and Eddie Rabon of Take 3 Talent

Looking forward to a year hoping that we can all share in the creation of work that heals divides and gives us hope for the future.

Booked: Concert Reading of "Ocean in a Teacup"

Jay Paranada, John Krause, Salma Shaw, and Max Meyers.

Jay Paranada, John Krause, Salma Shaw, and Max Meyers.


After coming off a wonderful run of NYT Critic’s Pick This Time, I am delighted to be performing (and singing the title song) in a very special concert reading of Ocean in a Teacup by Joel Krantz, directed by Cate Cammarata and music direction by Xander Rovang. It is part of the Planet Connections Festival, and admission is free! You can make reservations at

What: Ocean in a Teacup (Part of the Planet Connections Festival)
Where: The Paradise Factory, 64 E 4th Street
When: June 29 at 2pm

Cost: FREE!

"This Time" is a New York Times Critic's Pick!

"This Time" is a New York Times Critic's Pick!

We are getting rave reviews from audiences and critics! Check out some of what they are saying below!

"“This Time” is a skillfully constructed, beautifully acted play about one woman’s quest for liberation at a time and in a place where that struggle could not have been easy.” – NY Times, Critic's Pick

"Played by a confident Salma Shaw...[h]er daughter, Janine, seems to have inherited her spunk, and commands the stage while managing her affairs with a cigarette confidently hanging from her lips.” – Theatre is Easy

"There is no doubt Rising Circle Theater Collective is a company to watch. “This Time,” is an impressive feat. Cheers to the company for an engaging piece of theater that tells a story about memory and what we choose to hold onto.” – Front Row Center

"Salma Shaw’s Janine is an involving blend of resolve, frustration, and longing..." – Culture Catch

Booked: This Time

Booked: This Time

Working on new plays is so interesting, because it is uncharted territory. But before I discuss my thoughts about this piece, I wanted to announce that I am thrilled to be part of the world premiere cast of This Time by Sevan K. Greene, directed by Kareem Fahmy! Runs May 7 to May 21 at The Sheen Center.

Booked: Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods has aired! Here is a link to the episode on CBS: