Kawa Ada

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Kawa Ada

Kawa Ada is an Afghan-Canadian actor and writer, best known for his roles in films like The State Within (2006), Shoot the Messenger (2016) and The Breadwinner (2017). [1]

Early Life and Career

Born in Kabul, Kawa's family escaped their homeland in 1980s for Pakistan while he was very young. From Pakistan, they moved to India and then to Switzerland, where his father was detained. Finally at the age of 8, they arrived in Canada where they settled down. [2]
War and the escape has become part of him. He was diagnosed with PTSD and his experiences are projected in his works, especially in The Wanderers, a play about the effects of war and the devastating mark that it leaves on the survivors. After graduating from The Boston Conservatory, Ada was cast in Bombay Dreams on Broadway. Since then, he has played leading roles at Factory, Tarragon, SoulPepper, Canadian Stage and The Shaw Festival, where he received the Saunderson Award. Former Interim Artistic Director at the Cahoots Theatre Company, he performed in Cahoots’ production of paperSERIES, for which he was nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Award. His writing began with solo shows, one of which, The Canny Afghani, premiered at the Boston Centre for the Arts. The Wanderers was produced by the Cahoots Theatre Company at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in March 2014 and will be published by Playwrights Canada Press. He recently wrote and produced the short film, Jihad Gigolo, which premiered at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto. [3]

Selected Filmography

Ada performing in The Wanderers

Air Emergency (T.V. Series Documentary), 2005
The State Within (T.V. Series), 2006
Jihad Gigolo, 2014
Shoot the Messenger (T.V. Series), 2016
The Breadwinner, 2017

On the Map

Name:Kawa Ada


The Canny Afghani (solo show)
The Wanderers, 2014


  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2238561/
  2. http://www.jazz.fm/index.php/on-air-mainmenu/the-arts/12038-a-child-of-war-kawa-ada/
  3. https://www.playwrightsguild.ca/playwright/kawa-ada/