America’s First Theatre and Media Arts Company Dedicated to Telling Stories of East Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern Communities
Silk Road Rising is an art-making and art service organization that shapes conversations about Asian American and Middle Eastern American peoples. Through storytelling and discourse, we challenge disinformation and promote a culture of continuous learning.
Silk Road Rising lives its mission by providing these programs and services:
Jamil Khoury is the Founding Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising. Promoting playwrights of Silk Road backgrounds (Asian and Middle Eastern) is a passion that dovetails well with Khoury’s experiences living in the Middle East and his eleven years as a cross-cultural trainer and international relocations consultant.
A theatre producer, playwright, essayist, and filmmaker, Khoury’s work focuses on Middle Eastern themes and questions of Diaspora. He is particularly interested in the intersections of culture, national identity, and citizenship, as well as our nation's ever-evolving notions of Americanness.
Malik Gillani is the Founding Executive Director of Silk Road Rising, a position to which he brings extensive experience in producing, management, and business development. He is thrilled to be advancing both the rich cultural legacy of the Silk Road and greater visibility for Silk Road artists. Gillani nurtured Silk Road Rising from its birth into a celebrated theatre company, integrating business acumen and fiscal responsibility within an artistic mission.