Sponsor: Dollar a Day Foundation
Osh Ghanimah is an MFA in Acting student at the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and the recipient of a 2012 Presidential Public Service Fellowship through Harvard University’s Office of the President. Originally from Chicago, he holds a B.A. in both Theatre and English, as well as a B.S. in Secondary Education from Loyola University Chicago. Upon graduation, Osh was selected to be a Teach For America 2006 New York City Corps Member and taught 8th Grade English at Middle School 322, where he also served as English Department Teacher Leader, Chair of the School Leadership Team, and Department of Education Arts Liaison. His students progressed an average of three years in reading and writing in one academic year, and their 2007 production of Electricidad earned honorable mention at the UCAN Arts Festival and merited his school winning a grant for $50,000. After much lobbying, he also founded the Martinez Media Arts & Film Production Lab.
Upon completion of his corps experience, he was recruited to teach theatre and found the theatre program at Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem. He served his last two years at Dreamyard Preparatory School in the Bronx where he taught high school theatre and served as Chair of the School Leadership Team for two years consecutively. He also founded the Young Men’s Club, which encouraged students in his school to commit to a life of social justice and active citizenship through various volunteer-projects around the city, including the launch of Start Strong Bronx’s Denim Day to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As an actor, has appeared on stage across the globe. Theatre: The Imaginary Invalid, Moscow Art Theatre; Meanwhile in Baghdad, NYC International Fringe Festival; Spelling Bee and Family Bonding, New York Arab-American Comedy Festival; Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Servant of Two Masters, Loyola University Chicago. Osh just completed a three month acting residency at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia where he studied under many of Stanislavsky’s direct protégés and just ended a trip where he met and networked with many phenomenal artists and arts supporters from Barcelona, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome, Florence, Paris, and Bruges. Osh is the Founder and Executive Director of a new social justice, arts project–Broadway For All–which brings together students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds and provides them with musical theatre conservatory training and master teachers from the Broadway industry. Please visit broadwayforall.org to see how you can support it or join the team.
Osh’s Message to Supporters:
I would like to thank the ISF committee for supporting Muslims who have chosen a less traditional path–a career in the arts–and for understanding that their work in the arts will play a vital role in building a more peaceful community. I am honored to represent the ISF, and I will continue to work for social justice to better my country and the world, at large.
Osh founded Broadway for All and lives and works in New York.