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Saba Akhtar

Saba Akhtar (She/They) is Pakistani-Canadian interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto and raised in Houston, Texas.

Her arts practice is a focus on intergenerational trauma, grief and the effects of late-stage capitalism on marginalized communities through absurdism and by integrating multiple art practices and intersecting identities. These practices include filmmaking, photography, performance, writing, and installations.

Saba is an alumni of The A.M.Y Project (2015), The Watah Theatre School (2017), and If You Ask Me (2018 – 2019) and their education has been heavily influenced by mentorship from peers and elders in the community. This has led to a passion for helping others find their voice as an artist. Saba has worked as a mentor community organizations and schools as an arts mentor and facilitator. 

Saba has been recognized for her first video installation, A Mound of Sand, showcased at The Roundtable Residency (2018) and Rendezvous with Madness (2018). Saba has received grants from Why Not Theatre, MT Space, and Workman Arts for their play She Turns Me Into a Pile of Legos. Saba was also a finalist for Hxouse: No More Dreams(2018). Their latest achievement is her installation Anatomy of a Home for Rendezvous with Madness(2020).

Saba has been published in Mooney on Theatre (2016), Black Solo 2: Canadian Anthology of Monodrama (2017), M.E.H.A.R (2020), Ultra ZINE (2020)