Sharifa Yasmin is a trans Egyptian-American director and playwright raised in South Carolina. She has completed directing fellowships with Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Drama Leauge, Manhattan Theatre Club, PURE Theatre, Geva Theatre, Hypokrit Theatre and is currently a 2020-21 National Directing Fellow with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Directing Credits include plays by Naomi Wallace, Marco Ramirez, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ntozake Shange, Harvey Fierstein, Dael Orlandersmith, Eve Ensler, Saviana Stanescu and Tasha Gordon-Solmon. She has assisted directors including Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Steve H. Broadnax III, Saheem Ali, Mark Brokaw, Meredith Mcdonough, Arpita Mukherjee, Drew Fracher, Leslie Ishii and Shirley Serotsky.
Yasmin graduated cum laude from Winthrop University with a B.A. in theatre performance and a minor in sociology. She uses these areas of study to produce pieces of theatre that are not only powerful, but focus on socio economic issues and marginalized communities. As a playwright, her work reflects the intersection of queerness and Arab-American identity.