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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, International, Promotion of International Understanding, Theater

Mission: Silk Road Rising creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, we advance a polycultural worldview.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our experiences attending Silk Road Rising (SRR) performances are thought provoking. The story lines bring to life human experiences of cultures we, unfortunately, rarely experience in real time. SRR truly is a gift in the heart of Chicago.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Silk Road is an amazing, creative and contemporary company. I love their cutting edge plays, that provide the curious and uninitiated individual with deep insight into the lesser known cultures and mores. They provide a service that is desperately needed in present turbulent polarized times.
Thank you guys, you are loved.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Silk Road has been doing wonderful work to promote the modern and traditional aspects of personal and social experiences of Asians and Asian-Americans, along with current events, to the public through stories brought to life in new contemporary plays.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Extraordinary artistic, noble, and activist theatre!

The two founders (from Middle-Eastern/Caucasian/Muslim/Christian/gay backgrounds) founded the theatre to promote cultural understanding in response to the 9/11 attacks.

Their artistic work is fantastic; they put up entertaining, thought-provoking plays working with both established and up-and-coming talent.

They reach out to the community with educational initiatives, discussion panels, online plays, essays, and more. Silk Road Rising and its tireless founders (who frequently greet guests after shows) is taking the Chicago arts scene and cultural understanding to another level. During these interesting times, the world needs Silk Road Rising more than ever.

1 Jessica307

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Silk Road Rising is a company that I have seen many shows at and participated in many events as an audience member. The work they produce is always stellar and eye opening in a way that creates conversations that are not always easy to have given the current political climate. They are a pillar in the Chicago theatre community with a staff that is always extremely welcoming and helpful. As an artist, I am proud to say that their shows have informed not only my career, but my personal life.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

A theater that thrives on presenting eye-opening (and mind opening) productions exploring how we are different-- and the same. They tell the experiences of the people whose ancestry is along the Silk Road, from the middle east to the Pacific; exploring issues that are both relevant to today, and timeless.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended most of the plays produced by Silk Road Rising and enjoyed them all.
As an Arab-American, Muslim and a woman they speak to me more than other productions.
The plays are current, creative, informative and break down many stereotypes.
I have brought high school students to see the plays and Silk Road Rising has worked with several of Chicago Public High Schools.
They have been a reflection of Chicago as a global city!
Fadwa Hasan

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having attended about 12 performances in the past few years, I have always been so impressed with both the production and content of what I have seen. Each performance has both entertained me and, more importantly, educated me to ways of thinking I had not understood or considered. When I can walk away from a performance and have had my ways of thinking challenged – I consider myself better for having seen it. Silk Road continues to be my go to place for as many of the performances as my schedule allows me to see. AND, those who run Silk Road have always made me feel very welcome and shows great appreciation for my attendance. It’s always a very personal experience.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Silk Road Rising is a unique nonprofit that tells important stories in compelling ways. The opportunity to learn about and understand Asian-American and Middle Eastern-American experiences is critical in our age of fear and prejudice. Silk Road Rising productions raise issues that inspire, challenge and entertain us with creativity, variety and integrity. We are fortunate that they are located in Chicago.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An excellent theatre that truly prioritizes patron's experiences. Programming is current, nuanced, and offers diverse perspectives. Both Jamil and Malik really offer a personal face for the company and go out of their way to engage in a wide range of communities that they serve. A truly mission-aligned theatre, Silk Road Rising challenges and educates through great honesty, artistic rigor, and integrity.