Born in Berkeley CA (and yes she makes a mean batch of granola) Safiya became interested in acting at the Young Actors Workshop in Richmond, California. A lover of baking and a good 500 piece puzzle, she most recently finished a season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival performing Hairspray and Christina Anderson's How to Catch Creation directed by Nataki Garrett in repertory. She most craves creative environments of respectful collaborators and facsinating work. She can be seen in the film Bitter Melon by H.P. Mendoza which premiered at L.A.'s Outfest and Cinematographo in NYC and can now be streamed on Itunes and Boots Riley's Sorry To Bother You which is streaming on Hulu, but don't look too hard as the scene got the snip snip. Other theatre favorites include her Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award winning role in Black Odyssey at Calshakes, Fairview at Berkeley Rep.and Grandeur with Carl Lumbly at the Magic Theatre. She is a regular host on the website MyShakes.com where she gets to interview the characters of some of Shakespeares most studied works, and as a singer has done vocal work for various soundtracks and other vocal stylings.