By Rimsha Ali Shah
“Why theater?” is a question many people addressed to Naeema Butt, a mass communications major, former football player of the Pakistan National Women’s Football team, a social activist, President of World Merit, a global platform for talented and collaborative youth, and the current General Secretary of Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) Lahore Chapter. With such impressive accomplishments, people could not help but ask Naeema why had she “given up” her illustrious government job to pursue theater?
“Theater is meditative, rather, magical. It’s not just a performance art for me, it defines who I am,”
Naeema explains with sparks in her eyes; her passion is obvious the more she speaks about her chosen art form. Naeema, an alumna of the Global Undergraduate Semester Exchange Program (UGRAD), founded of Pehlaaj – Theater for Change, founded in Lahore in 2012, an entity that works to spearhead behavioral change through the power of performance.