Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity


About the Production

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity illuminates the daily experiences of five Muslim Americans who came of age in a post-9/11 society, as they build their lives in a time of continued fear of and violence towards Muslims. The cast members are from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and reflect a wide range of Muslim identities Beyond Sacred illuminates the daily lives of Muslim Americans in an effort to work toward greater dialogue and understanding among and between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong

Written by

Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro, in collaboration with the performers

Lighting Design

Marika Kent

Sound Design

Kumi Ishizawa

Production Supervisor

Courtney Golden


Tiffany Yasmin Hosein, Ferdous Dehqan, Kadin Herring, Amir Khafagy, and Maha Syed

Performance History


LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Long Island City, NY (April 2015)


Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Lincoln Center Education, New York, NY; Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, NY; The New School, New York, NY ; SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY ; Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY ; Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY

UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Reston Community Center, Reston, VA

UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

City Lore, New York, NY

Lafayette College, Easton, PA

University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, MI

Addressing Islamophobia ay NYU, New York, NY; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY; ArtPlace America, Brooklyn, NY; Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; International Human Rights Funders Group, New York, NY;

RVCC Arts, Branchburg, NJ; University of Albany, Albany, NY; Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT; Maxine Greene High School, New York, NY;

Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA; Asia Society Texas,Houston, TX; Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY; The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, FL; Millersville University, Millersville, PA; University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI; IPAY Conference, Philadelphia, PA



LaGuardia Performing Arts Center



the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program

Related Media

Beyond Sacred Documentary
“Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity” Excerpts
PROGRAM Beyond Sacred
POSTCARD Beyond Sacred
Beyond Sacred Program (2019)