The National Theatre x Peter Shaffer Commission
John Ruskin Commission – The Atheneum
The Black List’s #muslimlist
BAFTA x BFI Flare mentee
oldham coliseum associate artist
warner media x royal exchange
Arts Council Grant: DYCP
we will keep on | disarm hate | nymphs & thugs
tell me who we were before life made us
not quite right for us
how to eat mangoes
sky writes writer in residence
georgetown global performance and politics labfellow
[re: desire]
santi & naz
its not about the burqa

afshan d’souza-lodhi was born in Dubai and forged in Manchester. She is a writer of scripts and poetry. Her work has been performed and translated into numerous languages across the world. afshan is currently a LabFellow for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University and will be taking her one-woman show ‘How To Eat Mangoes’ to Washington DC in May 2022. 

In 2021, afshan was a Sky Writes writer-in-residence for Rotherham, a partnership between Sky Studios and New Writing North. She is currently part of the Royal Exchange and WarnerMedia writers exchange programme. afshan is also developing a TV series with Sky Studios with her co-writer Guleraana Mir.  A pilot she has written called Chop Chop, based on her own stage play with the same name, was selected as part of the second annual #Muslim List, a curated list of the most promising unmade scripts from Muslim writers in Hollywood that reside on The Black List.

afshan has edited many anthologies and has an essay featured in Picador’s collection by Muslim women called Its Not About The Burqa. Her debut poetry collection ‘re:desire’ (Burning Eye Books) has been longlisted for the Jhalak Prize (2021). Her most recent play, Santi & Naz (co-written with Guleraana Mir) described as “tender yet sharply political” by The Guardian, won the Vault Outstanding New Work Award in 2020. 

As well as her own writing, afshan is keen to develop other younger and emerging artists and sits on the boards of Manchester Literature Festival and Pie Radio.  

twitter/ instagram: @afshandl