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Born in Nairobi to Kenyan and Ethiopian parents, who raised her in Swaziland and South Africa, Shariffa considers herself ‘Afropolitan’ – a citizen of the continent of Africa. In New York, for 2 years running she was a producer on The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, three days of workshops for actors, writers, directors and producers 25 and under. For the Alchemical Theater Laboratory she directed, choreographed and co-produced STILL, and interned at the Public Theater, where she is now a teaching artist and administrator in the new Public Works department. Recently she was Assistant Director to Cynthia Nixon for Rasheeda Speaking, starring Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest.

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