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Azita Ghanizada posters

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

About

Azita, a political refugee, came to Hollywood with an incredible story of cultural backlash. As a baby, she and her family fled to the United States and gained asylum in an effort to escape war-time conflicts . Being raised in a conservative multicultural home, she was forbidden to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress until she finished her studies. Once she received her B.A. in English and Journalism, she packed her belongings and headed to Los Angeles, where she began to further her studies to include various acting techniques including; Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Michael Chekov, Voice, Movement, Clowning, and Improvisation. Her rich multi-ethnic history and various training has helped her remain a chameleon on television and film.Azita is fluent in both English and Dari, the Afghan dialect of Farsi, and has the ability to quickly take on different languages, having been raised in a home with Hindi, Urdu, Pashto, Farsi and English. She has spoken Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Hindi, French and Spanish in various roles. read more

She recently founded the MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition, MAAC, to advocate on behalf of Middle Eastern North African (MENA) performers. In 2017, Azita and MAAC founding member, Assaf Cohen, successfully lobbied SAG-AFTRA to include Middle Eastern North African (MENA) as its own diverse category in the producers theatrical contracts. The first time in 37 years a new diversity category has been introduced in the SAG-AFTRA - AMPTP contracts. She has actively spoken out on representation and inclusion issues in the media, on social media, in business environments and on industry panels. Her childhood experiences and passion for women's rights has always led her to charity involvement; whether co-hosting a UNHCR fundraiser for World Refugee Day; or serving as a Global Ambassador for Womenforwomen.org.An avid runner, yoga and pilates devotee, she enjoys fight training and marksman practice in her free time.

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