Meet Our Artists

Our Members, Fiscally Sponsored Artists, and other program participants represent a wide range of career stages and disciplines. We love them - and, as fellow artists, we're always inspired by them. With this monthly feature, we hope you'll feel the same way!

Banner text reading: "MAYSOON ZAYID President of Can Can Productions, Co-Founder of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, Sponsored Artist with The Field" with headshot of the artist wearing small hoop earrings and a blue dress with a diagonal neckline, and soft wavy brown hair swept down one shoulder.

Name & Pronouns: Maysoon Zayid, she/her/hers

What do you do? 
I am an actress, comedian, writer, disability advocate, and the President of Can Can Productions; we create positive images of disability in media.

What inspires you? 
My cat, my father, and people who have survived the unthinkable.

What are you proud of? 
I am proud to be a co-founder of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival – now in its 16th year – and I am proud to have never compromised my values on my journey of achieving my dreams.

What are your goals?
My goal is to be a talk show host and to mainstream disability in entertainment, pop culture, and media. I am also fighting for disability rights, specifically the right to an education and a right to play. 

Do you have any advice for your fellow artists?
Get a job that pays your bills and have it fund your creativity.

How does The Field help you?
Without The Field, the New York Arab American Comedy Festival would not exist. They have supported us for over a decade and I learned so much through that partnership. It is truly a privilege to be collaborating with them again with Can Can Productions.

©2020 Maysoon Zayid




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