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Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

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Aasif Mandvi

Actor, Writer, Comedian
Aasif Mandvi is a Peabody Award-winning actor, writer, creator, comedian, author, and producer. Widely known for his work as a correspondent on the multi-Emmy-winning show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Mandvi made his roots in New York theater under the tutelage of the pre-eminent acting teacher Wynn Handman, with whom he was able to develop and create his critically acclaimed one-man show, Sakina’s Restaurant, which made its premiere at the American Place Theater, earning him an Obie Award. Mandvi recently reprised Sakina’s Restaurant this past fall at the Minetta Lane Theater, produced by Audible and directed by Kimberly Senior, which he also recorded for Audible, earning the #4 spot of the entire Audible fiction catalogue. Mandvi also received rave reviews for originating the role of Amir Kapoor in the world premiere of Ayad Aktahr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced, at Lincoln Center. Other stage credits include the Broadway revival of Oklahoma and Suburbia. In feature film, Mandvi can most recently be seen alongside Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek in the feature film, Drunk Parents. Mandvi co-starred opposite Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts in the Garry Marshall feature, Mother's Day and Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm. He also had supporting roles in The Internship with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, Movie 43, The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen, Dark Horse for Todd Solondz, Ruby Sparks, (from the creators of Little Miss Sunshine), Gods Behaving Badly, and Premium Rush. He co-wrote and starred in Today's SpecialL, which premiered at the London Film Festival and won the audience award at The Palm Springs Film Festival. Additional film credits include leads in The Last Airbender and The Mystic Masseure, and supporting roles in It's Kind of a Funny Story, The Proposal, Ghost Town, Music and Lyrics, Spider-Man 2, Freedomland, Analyze This, Margin Call, and The Siege. Mandvi has recurring roles on Blue Bloods on CBS, This Way Up in London for Channel 4, season 2 of Hulu’s Shut Eye, Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and TV Land’s hit show, Younger. He recently hosted an episode of National Geographic’s Years of Living Dangerously, which addressed climate change. He wrote, produced, and starred in the HBO series The Brink, co-starring opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins. He also recently narrated an episode for the Netflix docu-series Explained. Mandvi also co-created and starred in the Peabody Award-winning web series Halal in the Family, produced by Sweet 180 Productions, which garnered over 500 million media impressions within days upon launch and addressed, through parody and satire, Islamophobia. Mandvi is also the author of a collection of personal stories entitled No Land’s Man from Chronicle Books.