"Halima brings originality, humor, love and a deep and honest sense of humanity to everything she performs. Someone to watch and root for. A gem."

-José Rivera, Oscar-Nominee

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Halima brings originality, humor, love and a deep and honest sense of humanity to everything she performs. Someone to watch and root for. A gem."

-José Rivera, Oscar-Nominee

About Me

I am a NYC based actor who grew up in Bay City, Michigan. My hometown is famous for the birth of Madonna (the popstar not the Virgin Mary) and sugar beets.

Growing up an only child that only responded to my middle name 'Shani', I relied heavily on my vivid imagination to keep myself entertained.  My Mom realized my strong attraction to anything creative and artistic and immediately encouraged my involvement in the arts (ie get me out of her hair). I attended my first dance class at the age of two, played an angelic (yet slightly bossy) angel at 5, and “booked” my first lead role as an actor in Mrs. Rambo's 4th grade production of Adventures in Fairytale-land.  I spent summers in youth theater programs crafting props out of macaroni and honing my creative writing skills.

 

As I began to think about college, I feigned amnesia about my love for performing and began to focus on entertainment journalism. I was excited that this career would meld both my creative writing skills and personality. I happily completed internships and positions in the field from pop radio to the news department at MTV. Upon completion of a yearlong study abroad program at La Universidad de Sevilla in Spain, I received my dual BA degree (Spanish Literature/ Communications) from The University of Michigan. (Go Blue!) 

 

I entered the real world and landed a job producing and co-hosting a show for a PBS affiliate. Alas, it quickly dawned on me that even though there were cameras and microphones in journalism, it ain’t acting.  So, I went back to my roots! I am excited about building a career in theater, tv/film and I continue to train in NYC. I love performing Shakespeare in parking lots, creating comedic characters in 99 seat theaters and I look forward to spending time on small and big screens. 

When I'm not performing, you'll find me in the front of the classroom chanting OM with yogis all across the City as a certified yoga teacher and leading improv based acting workshops as a teaching artist.  I'm a newbie runner and my not so guilty pleasures include my yorkie 'Finnigan', Hallmark Holiday movies (and all the decor that goes with it), Vernor’s Ginger Ale, and long walks on the beach. ;)

Theater

Karen

Company

Various

Special Skills

Fluent Spanish (neutral Pan-Hispanic accent), valid US passport, driver's license (automatic) certified yoga instructor, coordinated confetti and people for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 

Various

Various

Rosa Parks

Training 

The Bats Theater Co |The Flea Theater 

Jim Simpson

The Freeman Studio | Scene Study

Scott Freeman

The PIT | Sketch & Scripted Comedy 

Chris Aurillio

Upright Citizens Brigade | Improv 101

Dave Siegel

Fiasco Theater | Classical Training Intensive

Noah Brody, Jessie Austrian

Shakespeare & Co. | Shakespeare Intensive

Dennis Krausnick

NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts:

On-Camera/Private Coaching | Neal Lerner

Improv 1-3 and Performance | Judith Searcy

On-Camera Commercials | Mary Ann Conk

Meisner Technique | Steve Perlmutter

The University of Michigan | Dual B.A.

Spanish Literature, Communication Studies

Dead Fish | Here Arts Center| writer Rachael Holder

Denied from New York |The Peoples Improv Theater | dir Amanda Peck

#serials@the Flea | The Flea Theater | dir Mark Duncan/Brian Smith

The Bride Project | Theaterlab | dir Sina Heiss

Midsummer Night's Dream | Shakespeare in the Parking Lot | dir Kathy Curtiss

Hero | Adirondack Theater Festival | dir Brenny Rabine

Television/Film/New Media

Sorry | dir Rachael Holder *Post-Production

Lead

Self-Care PSA | Denied from New York Video

Office Worker

Soul Issue | PBS

Co-Host

Readings/Workshops

American Myth | The Public Theater | dir Michael Goldfried

Narrator/Ensemble

foxtown highlights | The Peoples Improv Theater 

Company

Racist Kid | Space on White | dir Arjun Gupta

Ella

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