19/20 Artist-In-Residence: Sadiqua Iman

Sadiqua Iman is a 19/20 Season Artist-in-Residence. Learn more about this program.


Born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, Sadiqua Iman has found her creative home here in Seattle. Most known for her character solo performance character, Namii, who uses burlesque, storytelling, and dance to deconstruct issues of gender fluidity, relationships, and what it means to “strip down”outside of sexual connotations. She is  Founder/ Artistic Director of Earth Pearl Collective, a queer black womyns social justice non profit organization dedicated to healing communities through artistic collaborations. Sadiqua works as a freelance director, costume designer, teaching artist, and project manager in the Seattle area and around the country.

She has directed an all woman of color cast of “A Streetcar Named Desire” to raise awareness of same sex domestic violence and created an interactive performances based on the disappearance of queer black leadership in social justice movements called “ We Be Dat.” In 2018 she premiered an original boi-lesque ballet called “Tail Feather” that explored female bodied masculinity at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Her next project is directing August Wilson’s  Gem of the Ocean  at Chattanooga Theatre Centre in Tennessee January 2020. Sadiqua Iman is currently working on her Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership at Seattle University and was awarded the 2019 Arc Fellowship award by 4Culture and used the funds to open the new Afro-centered healing arts center Nile’s Edge.