Alia is BAFTA-nominated dynamic artist, educator & cultural producer. Her practice is based on storytelling techniques and traditions and, as well as performing, she curates and produces cultural events.
Her grounding in Social Anthropology, Applied Theatre and Development Education compels her to find ways of subverting dominant narratives. Her work resonates with principles of social justice, activism and equity as complex processes with no easy answers. Her work in the community relies on the co-production of creative outlets for lesser-heard stories. In schools, her work is driven by child-led principles of global learning and citizenship. In this capacity, she heads the HEC Global Learning Centre in Tower Hamlets.
Alia has been chairing the National Theatre's 'We Need to Talk...' sessions since 2017. She curated the launch weekend of the British Museum's new Albukhary Gallery of Islamic Arts in 2018. In 2019, Alia was awarded the Writers' Guild Olwen Wymark Award for supporting new writing.
Most recently, Alia was awarded a place on the Clore Fellowship programme for 2019/2020, a highly sought-after programme that seeks to develop the next generation of leaders in the cultural industries.