Ringing in a New Year

As I take the time to finally think about the past year during what could be the storm of the century, I am very grateful to have learned and grown as an actor in NYC. In addition to my work in TV and film, I was fortunate to develop a few new plays that really inspired me creatively and to stretch myself through writing and improvisation. I just love to learn and imagine the possibilities.

What I am enormously thankful for, professionally:

  • Performing in the first Industry Reading of Monsoon Wedding - the musical, directed by Mira Nair, written by Sabrina Dhawan, composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, and music directed by Andy Einhorn
  • Co-starring opposite Debra Messing and Max Jenkins on The Mysteries of Laura on NBC
  • Co-starring on One Bad Choice on MTV
  • Shooting the indie feature The App with Sean Faris, directed by Isak Borg and Dena Hysell
  • Premiering the web series  People you Know on which I am a Series Regular and having it streamed on Vimeo to fans around the globe (I hear we are pretty popular in Turkey :) )
  • Booking a regional commercial in Saudi Arabia and the UAE for OSN
  • Discovering my film work for the FBI on BBC's Modern Spies
  • Viewing my work on the indie feature Have You Seen Enough? as it is shopped around on the festival circuit
  • Being able to download my first iTunes single, Stairway to Heaven with Heart at The Kennedy Center Honors
  • Developing new work at Arena Stage with playwright Heather McDonald and at the PEN World Voices Festival with director Saheem Ali
  • Introducing Titus X - the musical to NYC audiences with playwright Shawn Northrip
  • Writing scripts for a new web series with the incomparable and überly-inspiring Mary Werntz
  • Completing Improv 301 under the incredible Corey Brown at UCB and Sketch 101 with Melinda Taub
  • Being invited to the ABC SAMMA Workshop with ABC Primetime Casting
  • Training under Bob Krakower and Ted Sluberski

I am so fortunate to be surrounded by family, friends, colleagues, collaborators and a team that is supportive and nurturing. It makes the artist's life worth it!

Salma Shaw