(M.M.) Deen is a Brooklyn-based playwright and performer from Brooklyn, NY. A first-generation South Asian American playwright and performer, Deen is an alumni member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. Describing himself and his practice, Deen states “people are more important than things.”

Deen has self-produced numerous works, including Draw the Circle, first presented at InterAct Theatre (2012), with staged readings at Public Theater and Dixon Place. He also produced Where Children Play: the Story of Tank & Horse, Berkshire Fringe Festival (2007), and wrote and performed Shut Up!, his first full-length play, in 2001. Publications include RFD (2013); Public Theater Blog (2012); and ATHE Anthology (2012). He is an affiliate artist with the Hemispheric Institute for Performance in NYC.

Deen received his B.A. from UMass Amherst and his M.F.A. from the New School for Drama/Actors Studio Drama School. He is currently working on a play about the Sikh massacres in India in 1984.

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