Sharifa Elkady

Sharifa Elkady

Sharifa Elkady is a trans Egyptian-American director and playwright currently based in NYC. She has completed fellowships with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Theatre Club, Geva Theatre, and the Drama League. Elkady graduated cum laude from Winthrop University with a B.A. in theatre performance and a minor in sociology.

Plays

  • These Perfect Seconds
    Jasmine, a trans woman and bridesmaid, runs into an empty room at a wedding reception to catch her breath, only for the cause of her anxiety to follow her in. Drew and Jasmine haven’t spoken in months and she wants to keep it that way; however, he has other plans. The past is reopened, the present examined, and in ten minutes, they find these perfect seconds.
  • The Devils Between Us
    In a small town in the boonies of South Carolina, a closeted young man named George is trying to figure out how to keep his late father's business running, only to be faced with a ghost from his youth. A young Muslim, who he knew as his boyhood lover Latif, has returned as Latifa to take care of her estranged fathers funeral. Forced to confront devils both have been avoiding, they find that their only way...
    In a small town in the boonies of South Carolina, a closeted young man named George is trying to figure out how to keep his late father's business running, only to be faced with a ghost from his youth. A young Muslim, who he knew as his boyhood lover Latif, has returned as Latifa to take care of her estranged fathers funeral. Forced to confront devils both have been avoiding, they find that their only way out of the past, is through each other.
  • Namesake
    What's in a name? Five individuals are searching for theirs as they navigate their relationship with John; a straight white man trying his best. His best friend is in love with him, his sister needs him, strangers confide in him and the woman he loves just might hate him. John tries to define his relationships with the people in his life, while they are trying to define themselves. Can they shake their...
    What's in a name? Five individuals are searching for theirs as they navigate their relationship with John; a straight white man trying his best. His best friend is in love with him, his sister needs him, strangers confide in him and the woman he loves just might hate him. John tries to define his relationships with the people in his life, while they are trying to define themselves. Can they shake their namesakes? Or are they exactly as the world sees them...
  • Conflict
    It’s the night of Daniel and Mohamoud’s engagement dinner, an interfaith gay couple who are bringing together their families for the first time. What they were prepared for, was their engagement bringing up difficult conversations with their families. What they weren’t prepared for, was for their engagement to bring up difficult conversations with each other. Daniel and Mohamoud navigate the events of the...
    It’s the night of Daniel and Mohamoud’s engagement dinner, an interfaith gay couple who are bringing together their families for the first time. What they were prepared for, was their engagement bringing up difficult conversations with their families. What they weren’t prepared for, was for their engagement to bring up difficult conversations with each other. Daniel and Mohamoud navigate the events of the dinner, intertwined with the events of the day leading up to it, and find that if they want to be together, they'ew going to have to embrace conflict.