Mirza Sarhan is an actor of South-Asian/Middle-Eastern descent, born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia. Two years ago, he relocated from Croatia to Canada to pursue a career in theatre/film. Embracing his unique cultural experiences, Mirza seeks to unravel the idea of home.
Before joining the National Theatre School (NTS), Mirza studied Information Science Engineering and received training in several South-Asian dance forms. He holds a certificate from MyStage Drama Studio in Zagreb, Croatia. Beyond the arts, he served as the president of AIESEC, a non-profit organisation that facilitates cross-cultural exchanges worldwide.
During his time at NTS, Mirza had the privilege to collaborate with exceptional artists including Jackie Maxwell, Tim Welham, Harveen Sandhu, Nancy Benjamin, Rebecca Northan, Graeme Somerville, Brian Dooley, Maiko Yamamoto, Anita Nittoly and Rebecca Harper.
His most notable roles include Oliver in As You Like It (directed by Haysam Kadri), Haimon in Antigonick (directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones) and Malcolm in Macbeth (directed by Matjash Mrozewski).
He is a proud recipient of the Research and Creation Lab grant from The Centre for Arts and Social Innovation through which he is making his directorial debut with a short documentary called Majlis that debunks the notion of Islam as a monolith.
Mirza wants to tell stories that represent his communities and give voice to the voiceless. Along with acting, he is curious to explore writing, directing, and producing for film/TV. When he’s not working, you will find him cooking Biryani.