B*Tru Arts Academy X*TRA- Performing Arts After School Program
RECENT AND PAST WORK
SCHEHERAZADE centers around collaborators of Middle Eastern descent, using the Arabian Nights stories as a basis for exploring Islamophobia, terrorism, detention, and the "Muslim Ban." In an international airport in "The States," Scheherazade must tell stories to save her life. Interweaving queer love stories in the context of xenophobia, diaspora and fundamentalism, SCHEHERAZADE asks: what are the stories that take us home? Three weeks at the VORTEX June 2-17, 2017 @ 8pm
Starred in the short film Hijabi as Alia. The film explores the sexuality of Alia, a Muslim American teenager caught between her Islamic upbringing that teaches her to don the headscarf and a sexually-charged Western atmosphere that tempts her to take it off. Join us in making this timely film from a liberal Muslim American voice.
Free Day of Dance Jan. 30th, 2016! B*Tru Arts, AllRhythms and Dance Another World hosted a multicultural dance workshop with live music for children ages 6-13 at the George Washington Carver Museum in the dance studio.
Led an Acting Workshop at Lonesta RG-17: You Oughta Be in Pictures, Mensa Convention. Monday Sept. 7th, 2015
Directed & Co-wrote: Solace Is, a short experimental dance film produced by B*Tru Arts.
Directed an Original Experimental Dance Peice: Man in the Middle written by Mick D'arcy as part of FronteraFest Short Fringe 2015 at Hyde Park Theater. Tuesday Janurary 13th, 2015 @ 8pm
Directed the Summer Youth Theatre Production: An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen at The VORTEX. SYT is an award-winning tuition-free program for young artists ages 13-17. Showtimes: July 25th-Aug. 2, 2014 @8pm
Starred in: A new experimental short film called "Camena Saltare Infusio" (poetry and dance infusion) produced by B*TRU ARTS. It was presented at the 2nd Annual Inspiro Fest: June 1st, 2014 @ The North Door.
Finished Filming: for Octia of Pink Ocean, a cybernectic opera film produced by Ethos and The Vortex . The film will debut at the Cosplay expo in August 2014 @ The Vortex.
B*TRU ARTS Film Visoria: A screening of Run Away Night, Delusions of Despair, and Meganoke's new music video "Pow Wow Gift" Thursday Nov. 14th @ Spider House Ballroom
CyberFest @ The Vortex Sept.20-28th Fri-Sun. 9pm (Click here to watch a clip from the performance)
Excellence in Performance: Earth, Sing Muse!, and CyberFest, Fire & Brimstone Award, Vortex (2013)
Pow Wow Gift: A new music video for local artist Meganoke produced by B*TRU ARTS
SING MUSE! an original accapella musical about the 9 muses of art, directed by Rudy Ramirez. The Vortex Aug. 23-Sept.14 Thurs-Sun. 8pm. My role was Terpsichore, Muse of Dance :)
Outstanding Cast Performance-Sing Muse!, B. Iden Payne Award (2013)
Founder/Producing Artistic Director of B*TRU ARTS:
A local non-profit multicultural theatre/film
The īnspīrō Fest, a communal artistic festival was our first event to produce. The festival consisted of 5 original short plays, dance and special musical performances from all local talent at The Vortex Saturday June 1st. Check out to learn more about the company and festival.
Part of the Ensemble of Creators: for "EARTH" w/ VORTEX Repertory Company directed by Bonnie Cullum- March 22-April 20 at the Vortex Theater.
Aisha Melhem is a native Austinite who always had a passion for the performing arts. She is trained in several styles of dance, theatre and voice. Growing up Aisha loved to perform, play teacher, direct and create original performances with her friends and family. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in acting with honors in 2008 from St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas and a Master of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in directing from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas 2010. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of B*Tru Arts, a multi-faceted nonprofit company. B*Tru Arts is a multicultural organization which focuses on using the arts for the betterment of the community. It has produced an annual event, Inspiro Fest, providing a venue for performing artists from all mediums. The Academy, a division of B*Tru Arts, offers professional training in acting, dance, playwriting and film. Aisha has developed acting and dance curricula and teaches all aspects of theatre to elementary through high school students.
She is a resident artist at The Vortex in Austin, TX and has been featured in several productions, winning several awards for her performances, including Sing Muse! as Terpischore, Muse of Dance which won a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Cast Performance 2013. In the summer of 2012, Aisha appeared in the 63rd year run of Unto These Hills as Anecie and Meli in the world premiere of Cherokee Family Reunion at the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee, North Carolina. Some of Aisha’s achievements include: being featured in several music videos, short films and live theatrical productions; producing, choreographing, and directing music videos, short and feature films and live theatre performances, winning awards for both performances and directing. Some of her film and theatre directing credits include: B*Tru Arts’ experimental dance film Solace Is (’15), The Vortex Summer Youth Theatre: An Enemy of the People (’14), B*Tru Arts' full feature docu-drama Run Away Night (’12), and doc-experimental short Delusions of Despair in which she is also featured ('13), She directed Flaky Lips ('12) and An Actor's Nightmare ('11) while she was the director/teaching artist for the San Juan Diego High School Drama Club in Austin, TX., and Terminal at Texas State University ('09) as her final thesis. Aisha continues to serve as an actor, director, choreographer, collaborator, creative force and educator.
Aisha creates theatrical and original physically engaging performances with the ultimate goal of promoting social awareness and change.
Her practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for maneuvering with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of performance: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. With a subtle minimalistic approach, she creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found.
Her works isolate the movements of humans and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound.
Her works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves.