Qurrat Ann Kadwani (born May 10, 1981) is an American television actress, playwright and film producer of Indian descent. She is known for They Call Me Q (2014), Intrusion (2018) and The Fifth of November (2018).

Qurrat Ann Kadwani
Kadwani in 2013
Born (1981-05-10) May 10, 1981 (age 43)
Mumbai,[1] India
Alma mater
Known for
  • They Call Me Q
  • Intrusion
Notable workThe Fifth of November

Early life and career


Kadwani was raised in New York,[2] growing up in The Bronx.[1] She a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and received a double scholarship for theater at State University of New York at Geneseo.[3] Kadwani is the first South Asian woman in a solo act play Off-Broadway.[4][5] In an interview with The New York Times, she expressed how she grew up wanting to be living the lives of those she knew.[6] Kadwani co-wrote, starred in and produced The Fifth of November in 2018.[7]

2014: They Call Me Q


Kadwani portrayed different characters including her parents, friends, teachers and classmates[8] in They Call Me Q. The show was a 2014 solo performance at St. Luke's Theatre,[9][10] University of Minnesota Crookston,[11] Colorado State University,[12] Lane Community College,[13] Frostburg State University,[14] and premiered at the Chicago Fringe Festival.[15] Kadwani is the production's writer as well, which won Best Play at Maui Fringe Festival.[16][17]

2018: Intrusion


In 2018, Kadwani returned to Off-Broadway with Intrusion, a solo act discussing rape.[18] The setting is two decades in the future[19] and follows eight character portrayals by Kadwani.[20] She performed at St Luke's Theatre.[21]




Year Title Role Notes
2022 Beast Sarita Short film
2021 The Trojan Erika Lope Short film
What Do I Owe You? Sylvia Short film
Death Saved My Life Reporter TV movie
2020 The Saint of the Impossible ICE Officer Statham
2019 Show & Tell Sonia Short film
Marisol Officer Mack Short film
2018 The First Purge News Reporter #3
The Fifth of November Jane Evans Short film, also producer and co-writer
2017 Works & Nights Dora Short film
2014 Your Guy, My Guy Mary Short film
The Thief Lisa Short film
Brass Detective Larza Short film
2011 The Tailor Muslim Girl Short film


Year Title Role Episode(s)
2022 Inventing Anna HR Person "Cash on Delivery"
Search Party News Anchor "Lamentations"
2009-2020 What Would You Do? Bridesmaid / Woman Changing Tire / Fatima 3 episodes
2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Anchor "Sliding Van Doors"
Tell Me a Story Newscaster #2 "Chapter 10: Forgiveness"
2018 Madam Secretary Officer #1 "Night Watch"
Seven Seconds Newscaster "A Boy and a Bike"
2017 The Sinner Reporter #1 "Part V"
Time After Time Newscaster 2 episodes
2016 Brown Nation Video Countdown Host "I'm a Supastar"
Falling Water Concierge "Don't Tell Bill"
Luke Cage Reporter 2 "Blowin' Up the Spot"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Stacey King "Townhouse Incident"
2015 The Blacklist Medical Tech "Sir Crispin Crandall (No. 86)"
Mr. Robot Interviewer
Secret Diaries of a Terrorist Seventh Wife Ep 1
2005 All My Children Campaign Worker
2004 As the World Turns Flight Passenger


  1. ^ a b Gandhi, Lakshmi (September 9, 2013). "From the Bronx to the Stage: Qurrat Ann Kadwani Tells Us About Her One-Woman Show – The Aerogram". The Aerogram. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  2. ^ Rajan, Sujeet (May 6, 2014). "A tale of two actresses at Pranna in New York – Bipasha Basu and Qurrat Ann Kadwani". The American Bazaar. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  3. ^ "They Call Me Q - 60 minutes .... 13 characters...1 woman". Tennessee State University. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  4. ^ McDonald, Malini Singh (April 27, 2016). "Actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani Hosts Echoes of Love, Fundraiser for Suicide Prevention | India.com". India. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  5. ^ Singh, Subrina (November 1, 2014). "Indian-American Actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani Stars in One-Woman Off-Broadway Show 'They Call me Q' - Brown Girl Magazine". Brown Girl Magazine. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  6. ^ Jaworowski, Ken (July 18, 2014). "An Indian Girl Who Just Wanted to Be Puerto Rican". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  7. ^ Propes, Richard. "The Independent Critic - "The Fifth of November" a Memorable Indie Short". The Independent Critic. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  8. ^ Gioia, Michael (December 3, 2014). "LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week". Playbill. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  9. ^ "They Call Me Q". Broadway.com. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  10. ^ Qurrat Ann Kadwani on Blending Traditional Indian Culture & the Bronx in They Call Me Q. Broadway. August 1, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  11. ^ "One Woman Show 'They Call Me Q!' featuring Qurrat Ann Kadwani Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston". University of Minnesota Crookston. March 5, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  12. ^ Jeracki, Kate (April 11, 2016). "April is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month". Colorado State University. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  13. ^ "They Call Me Q: Qurrat Kadwani's One-Woman Play of Identity, Diversity and Inclusion". KLCC. November 22, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  14. ^ "CES hosting Qurrat Ann Kadwani in 'They Call Me Q'". Cumberland Times-News. February 9, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  15. ^ Oliveros, Oliver (November 13, 2012). "Qurrat Ann Kadwani Performs One-Woman Show in Long Island City, 11/15". BroadwayWorld (Press release). Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 30, 2014). "They Call Me Q Will Play Off-Broadway's St. Luke's Theatre". Playbill. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  17. ^ Peterson, Tyler (June 3, 2014). "THEY CALL ME Q's Qurrat Ann Kadwani to Be Featured on News 12 Today". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  18. ^ Kashyap, Neha (September 2, 2018). "Qurrat Ann Kadwani Brings Rape Out Into The Open in Intrusion". Times Square Chronicles. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  19. ^ Christensen, Emily (September 16, 2018). "ASEAC to host Qurrat Ann Kadwani in a one-woman play, 'Intrusion'". The Gila Herald. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  20. ^ Grossman, Dan (August 24, 2018). "IndyFringe Review 2018: 'Intrusion'". NUVO. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  21. ^ Musbach, Julie (July 27, 2018). "Qurrat Kadwani's New Sci-Fi Solo Play About Rape INTRUSION Comes St. Luke's Theatre". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved June 26, 2022.