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The Making of “Stories: Our American Journey”

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33 artists. 1,100 stories. 2.5 hours. “Stories: Our American Journey” gives the American Ismaili Muslim Community an opportunity to explore narratives from within the Jamat of struggle, triumph and hope, brought to life through theatrical arts.
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Performance: A Simple Rebirth

Noorali most recent dramatic presentation is based on her book, A Simple Rebirth (ASR), and has garnered much interest from Non-Profit Organizations, Universities, and Literary Organizations. Directed and performed by Samira Noorali, it features poet/actors Amyna Dosani, Zoya Gilani, Nydia Avolevan, Jarvis Price, Sofia Lakhani, Blanca Alanis Rodriguez and Musicians Noreen Ali and Saif Sattani. Earlier iterations of the show with Wordspace, a literary organization in Dallas, and Janan Collection featured Actor Asif Sayani and Guitarists Adnan Khoja and Hussein Fadwani. The latest versions of the show have been produced by Invisible Lines at Notsuoh Theater, Vox Culture Houston as a part of their Proclaiming Humanity Series, and Pandora’s Box at Margo Jones Theater in Dallas. Read about the cast here! In this dramatized poetry and music performance, Noorali tells of the anguish and intense personal journey involved in the process of recovery from various traumas faced by women today. See the video of her poem “Shadow” below. In this show, original poetic and musical works on the theme of women struggling against violence and oppression are presented by a number of the cast members. The pieces deal with the aftermath of sexual assault, family conflicts, internal struggle with self-worth, […]
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A Reading of “Shadows” by Samira Noorali

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Arif Sunesara, educator, called Noorali’s educational talk on Hero’s Journey and the Identity of the Artist “a powerful expose of the human condition. She intricately weaved the critical pieces of academia with passion, humor, charisma and a sense of spirit. Her poignant remarks on purpose within education were catalysts for teacher-educators, like myself, to break the status-quo and remake the world for a better future.” Naveen Rao, a student of the Poetry Writing and Hero’s Journey Psychology workshop said “Samira’s course on the Hero’s Journey psychology was equal parts fascinating education and practical workshop. She encouraged students to be interactive in class and open up, effectively creating a space where we could explore themes, share our perspectives, and test ideas. Most importantly she emphasized the practical over the theoretical at every opportunity, such as the homework assignments, leaving me (and I suspect other students) with a lasting set of tools to analyze and understand the world around us the worlds within us.”
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Lectures&Workshops

Noorali has taught writing workshops at University of Texas, addictions clinics, trauma groups, and even a group of journalists. She has lectured at University of Houston, literary events, corporate events, spiritual retreats and private events and has inspired a number of writers and non-writers to, like her, use poetry as part of their healing process.
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DESERT Magazine publishes new creative memoir

DESERT Magazine has just published Noorali’s creative memoir piece about her journey to her beloved desert. Check the website in a few weeks!
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Besame Mucho

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Quick, fun version of a classic – Besame Mucho!
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