Shadia Dahlal has a BA from Cal-State Fullerton University, CA and an MA in theater from Oklahoma State. She has been involved in theater as an actress, director, dancer, choreographer, producer and writer. She was a professional belly dancer in southern California for many years and worked the nightclub circuit before relocating to Tulsa in 1992. She started the “Belly Dance Academy of Tulsa” studio and “The Purple Roses of Cairo Dance Company.” She went on to produce shows every year from 2001-2012 under the “Tulsa Folkloric Dance Theater.” She continues that work as Artistic Director of “telatulsa,” Tulsa’s Latino Theater Company. She is very grateful that her path led to the Heller Theater Company where she has been inspired to study playwrighting.