Artist, Theater Technician, and Model in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alia is a versatile performer, theater technician and model, as well as a promising visual artist. In addition to co-starring in tiona.m.'s internationally acclaimed short film Bumming Cigarettes, Alia was a featured subject in Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, a ten-year retrospective for world-renowned photographer Zoe Strauss at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Some of Alia’s photography has also been featured in the Triangle Galleries at Tyler School of Art.
Alia is not only artistically adept, but has archived community history and is committed to community enrichment as well. Interviews that Alia conducted for West Side Stories: Memories of West Philadelphia have been archived as part of The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories by the Library of Congress. In addition to being a theater technician who works with a number of local theater companies, Alia was a member of the PALMS Project (Preventing AIDS Through Live Movement and Sound), the Public Health Management Corporation's acting troupe that performed scenes and educated youth who exhibited risky behaviors about STI- and HIV-prevention and care.
Alia earned a B.A. in Theater from Temple University and is currently earning an A.A.S. in Behavioral Health/Human Services with a concentration in Youth Work from the Community College of Philadelphia.