Qurrat Ann Kadwani

Bio

Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an award winning actress, producer, MC, TV Host and philanthropist.  She is the founding Artistic Director of eyeBLINK (www.eyeblink.org) and the head of the Theatre department. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a double scholarship recipient for her directing and acting contributions.  Ms. Kadwani teaches Monologue Writing and Performance Workshops, Monologue Prep, Audition Prep and Acting Business Plan private classes.  She has hosted Desi Jams and 100% Desi on Namaste America.  TV appearances also include a new Netflix show, Law and Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Mr. Robot, Falling Water, ABC News’ What Would You Do, As The World Turns, All My Children.  Stage work extends to Blind Angels (Theatre for the New City), Baby Taj (TheaterWorks Palo Alto), Perfect Fit, The Women of the Mahabharata, Sankalpan (New Group), First Language (New Group), Inside Out (Abingdon Theatre Company), The Quaking (Abingdon Theatre Company), Falling Man (NYU), The Greeks (Imua Theatre Company), Beneath the Banyan Tree (eyeBLINK).  Film credits include Antigone 5000, The Tailor, One Night Stand, Last Saturday with Morli, Jabeen with Web Series work on Brown Nation and The Secret Diaries of a Terrorist.  She has appeared in print campaigns, corporate videos, commercials and hosted educational videos and a jewlery shopping show. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Ms. Kadwani has been the MC of events for non-profit organizations such as World Womens Global Council at the United Nations, Sapna NYC, Your Dil, Lend A Hand India, LRBT- Free Eye Care Trust, Asha for Education, Chhaya Community Development Corporation, and SOS Children's Villages India.  She has also been the MC for The Set NYC: New Year's Eve Fashion Gala, NzK Designer's Studio Store Launch, Broadway Comedy Club, Bronx Fashion Week, Kollaboration New York Music Showcase, Runway Princess – The Super Model Pageant, Party at Gatsby by Trendz Entertainment, weddings, and educational videos.  

Ms. Kadwani also coordinates an annual philanthropic project "A Slice of Hope" (www.asliceofhope.org) as well as the annual Echoes of Love: Suicide Prevention fundraiser with music.  

Ms. Kadwani has run the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon (26.2 miles) in Washington DC, the 2009 ING NYC Marathon (26.2 miles), 2008 Queens Half Marathon (13.1 miles), 2008 Manhattan Grand Prix Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and many more!

Ms. Kadwani’s one woman show They Call Me Q played Off Broadway in 2014 for 7 months at St. Luke's Theatre in NYC.  She has been interviewed on Fox News, Fox 5 NY, News 12 Bronx.  She received the Best Actress Award at the Variations Theatre Group: Harvest Festival 2012 in NYC and Best Play Award at the Maui Fringe Festival 2013. To date, she has performed her solo play over 100 times.  In December 2013, United Nations Unicef invited Ms. Kadwani to perform.  Non-profit charity organizations such as Sankara Eye Foundation, Lend A Hand India, and Sapna NYC have presented her solo play as benefit fundraisers.  Colleges such as Anna Maria College, SUNY Cobleskill, University of New England, Centre College, Hofstra University, SUNY Geneseo, Tennessee State University, DePaul University, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, University of Minnesota Crookston, Alcorn University, Northeastern University, Michigan Technological University, Delta State University, Daytona State College, Milligan College, Rutgers University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Oakland Community College, Butler University, Saint Mary of the Woods, Essex Community College, UNT Dallas, Texas A&M, UT Tyler, El Paso Community College, University of St. Thomas, Dickinson State University have invited Ms. Kadwani to perform her solo play as part of their diversity programming, alongside discussions and workshops on diversity. She has received an award by the New York State Assemblyman, Bronx Borough President, World Women Global Council at the United Nations, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center after performances in San Francisco, Trailblazer Award by South Asian International Performing Arts Festival, an award by SAPNA NYC for enabling South Asian women to dream and was a Guest Speaker for CAMP Philly.  In addition, Ms. Kadwani has produced her solo play, coordinated publicity and contributed to sold out performances at Orlando Fringe Festival, Montreal Fringe Festival, Capital Fringe and NYC Fringe Festival.  She received additional performances after NYC Fringe as part of Encore Series: Solo in the City, awarded to only 6 solo shows. They Call Me Q has been nominated for Best Fringe Solo Play by Broadway World DC and Best Solo Performer by MD Theatre Guide.