This episode features our essential worker, Cameron Bhamra. Cameron works as a truck driver in the state of Ohio.

Play: Rest Stop
by Alan MacVey

Essential Workers Episode #7

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Miriam Ochs is an actress, dancer, and comedian who adores engaging audiences in thought provoking, hilarious, and moving performances. A junior at the University of Iowa studying history and theatre arts, Miriam has been seen on the stages of the Iowa Department of Theatre Arts in such shows as Love and Information by Caryl Churchill ( 2019), Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder by Jen Silverman (2019), and Palanquin by SP O’Brien (2020).

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Portrait Artist | SALMAN YAKUB

If Salman Yakub had all the time in the world and none of his earthly limits, he would just about have a hand in every creative endeavor that piques his interest. Sound design, music production, animation, 3D modeling, illustration, fiction, nonfiction, and more are all things he dabbles in, some more than others, but they are also all things he wishes he could master. However, being a University of Iowa student studying studio art and pursing a writing certificate will have to do for now.

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Playwright | ALAN MACVEY

Alan MacVey is the Director of the Division of Performing Arts. For 28 years he also served as Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. He has directed over a hundred plays including, two years ago, Sunday in the Park with George. This is his first online excursion as a director and writer.

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Melisa Jusufovic is a second-year nursing major here at the University of Iowa. She is from West Des Moines, IA, and fell in love with acting at a young age. Melisa has performed in productions of Legally Blonde, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 26 Pebbles, and The Laramie Project, however, she is most excited to make her college acting debut with the university's theatre department in Essential Workers: A Portrait.

Meet the Essential Workers Creative Team