Amira Mustapha is an artist...
Born and raised in The Bronx, she was always captivated by art's ability to influence and connect community members. Writing ever since she was young, she developed an appreciation for storytelling and performance. It wasn’t long until that appreciation became love. It soon became clear that her mission was to travel through our compelling earth, spreading artistic magic by connecting with artists of similar energy and ambition.
Her artistic spirit has led her to 14 adventurous years in the performing arts, where she developed her skills as a performer, playwright, poet, stage manager, and theater technician. Her first defining moment was her acceptance into Lehman College, where she pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree. Within four months of graduating, she began working on her first off-Broadway show, Break Out, as a light operator. This first opportunity into the theater industry was her second defining moment, encouraging her to work hard for this international touring dance comedy. It would soon pay off as she worked on several notable shows and spaces such as The French Institute, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Tribeca Performing Art Center.
She found a home in the off-Broadway production of Avenue Q until its closing in 2019. Understanding that she was achieving an education, she set herself on a course to give back and received her Masters of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Lehman College in 2019.
She currently works as the Director of Production Services at Lehman College, where she oversees a staff of 20. This position offers her the opportunity to pass her knowledge to the diverse students and community members she hires. She equips her employees with tools to succeed in their pursuit of being theater technicians in the professional world and in the city where the heart of theater lives. She utilizes her professional connections to help mentor exceptional employees by sharing job opportunities to grow their skills. This act of giving back inspired her most significant defining moment.
In March 2010, she established and created her 501c3 non-profit in her hometown of The Bronx to create a platform for literary and performance artists. This platform is where artists explore, create, develop and experience their work come to life in front of their own shared communities.
Nearly ten years later, in 2019, she continued her dedication to the company where she was recognized and became the recipient of The Bharati Foundation Leadership Award, given to “…leading individuals in various career fields… for their service, dedication, and commitment to connecting resources to those in need.”
Today, her mission is growing as she continues to inspire others in their defining moments.