Originally from Detroit, Arti Ishak is a multidisciplinary artist and community organizer. Recent acting credits include Kiss (Haven), Witch and Buried Child (Writers Theatre), Men on Boats (American Theater Company), Venus in Fur (Circle Theatre), Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno (Second City), and A Story Told in Seven Fights (Neo-Futurists). She has also appeared on Chicago Med (NBC). As a filmmaker, Arti recently released a short film, Shukran Bas, which went viral for its poignant satire of Middle Eastern and Muslim misrepresentation in popular media. Arti has served on the board of the Muslim Writers Collective’s Chicago chapter and is currently a staff member with The Chicago Inclusion Project. She is one of the founding organizers with MENASA MidWest, an action network and advocacy group for Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian American artists working in theater, film, and television. She is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.