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Principle Players in Disgraced

​Fajer Kaisi is thrilled to be reprising his role as Amir with this wonderful company. Previous credits include Theseus/Oberon in Midsummer Nights Dream at Tantrum Theatre, Dublin Ohio,  Amir in Ayad Akthars 'Disgraced' at the Maltz Jupiter playhouse, the Pittsburgh public theatre, as well as touring internationally through China with PingPongarts productions, as Bashir in Ayad Akthars 'The invisible hand' at the Westport country playhouse, as Ibrahim in Paloma at the kitchen theatre, as Graham in Deb Zoe Laufer's 'Informed consent' at Geva theatre centre/Cleveland playhouse, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Aeneas in Troilus and Cressida at the Oregon Shakespeare festival (2012 season) off Broadway and touring credits include Shahid in Aftermath at NYTW and internationally. Tv credits include The good wife, the blacklist, law and order, deadbeat, madam secretary, unforgettable, 30 rock and nurse Jackie. He can also be seen as the interpreter in Billy Lynn's long halftime walk by Ang Lee and as Kareem in Ill come running by Spencer parsons. Fajer is also an experienced audible.com narrator with over 60 titles available. He received his MFA in acting from the university of Texas at Austin and his BFA In theatre performance from Concordia university of Montreal.
Ivy Vahanian is honored to share Disgraced with her Santa Barbara community. She worked with Timothy Douglas on Disgraced at Arena Stage in DC last year and this past Spring she had a month long tour of Disgraced in China.  She has starred on Broadway in Coram Boy. Off-Broadway credits include Toys in the Attic (directed by Austin Pendleton), ...And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi (directed by Robert O'Hara), Elephant in the Room (directed by Dan Fogler). Regional credits include All My Sons (Actors Theater of Louisville), The Credeaux Canvas (Hartford Theaterworks), Antebellum (Hartford Stage), Time Stands Still, 154 & Paradise, What Rhymes with America (The Producing Unit), to name a few. Recent films include Age of Kaos (Comic Con - San Diego; LA International Underground Film Festival) and Behind Closed Doors (SBIFF; Cannes). She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. She is a founding member of The Producing Unit and she is also a proud mother to three beautiful boys. 
Rasool Jahan holds a B. A. in Theatre from Shaw University. She works in television, film and theatre. She was last seen on stage at PlayMakers Repertory as Esther in Intimate Apparel. And she was most recently seen in House of Cards: Season 5! Some of her favorite roles on stage include: Vivian Bearing, PhD in WIT, The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and MiMi Real in The Parchman Hour. Some of her film credits include: Cold Mountain, Socket, Freedom Song and The Bay. Rasool has devoted most
of her time, on stage, to being a part of social justice projects. She serves on the Board of Hidden Voices, an organization devoted to giving voice to under served communities and she is currently Assistant Director for Count ~Stories from America’s Death Row.

Rasool is very excited to work with this group of talented and devoted actors and is
so grateful for Ivy and Samip. Thanks for the opportunity to revisit Jory. Can’t wait
to get on stage and listen!

Samip Raval is an actor and director from North Carolina. Samip is thrilled to be returning to Disgraced after working on the International Tour with PingPong Arts in China. Regional credits include Arena Stage, Playmakers Repertory Theater, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and Shakespeare Theater Company.  Workshops/Residencies with the Kennedy Center, ACT (Seattle), Lincoln Center Education, Signature Theater Company, Emerging Artists Theater, and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. His short film The Faucet, which he wrote and directed, screened at the Oxford Film Festival and Toronto Short Film Festival. He has worked as a teaching artist with ASTEP in South Florida, New York, Kenya, and India. Member of AEA. BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts. 
Ryan McCarthy is delighted to be in Santa Barbara, and to have the opportunity to revisit a role he first played last year at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Broadway: After Miss Julie (Roundabout). Off and Off-Off Broadway: King Lear w/Kevin Kline, Henry V w/ Liev Schreiber (Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park), Taking Care of Baby, Spirit Control (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Vaults (New Georges), Bureau of Missing Persons (4th St Theater), All Day Suckers (FringeNYC), FUBAR (59E59/Project Y), Obama Drama (Creative Destruction). Regional: The Crucible (Arkansas Rep), Disgraced (Pittsburgh Public), Cymbeline (Portland Center Stage), Current Nobody (La Jolla Playhouse). TV: “Divorce” (HBO), “Elementary” (CBS), “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central). Film: “Almost Paris” (Tribeca Film Festival), “Why Stop Now” (IFC Pictures), “Test” (Independent Short.) Ryan trained at the Public Theater Shakespeare Lab in New York, and received his MFA in acting from UC San Diego.