When Yasir Muhammed was 6 years old he wanted to be an author. When he turned 8 years old, he thought about being a cinematographer. Then at 12 years old he decided he would be an actor, and at 18, a singer.

“Now I’m 20, and I want to do it all.”

Yasir has been selected for his first professional production—an understudy for multiple fairies in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” (runs from Dec. 6 through Jan. 27, 2019) at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier in Chicago.

“When I found out I was chosen, it took a while for it to sink in,” the theater major said. “I couldn’t believe I made it into a professional theatrical production. It was a phenomenal feeling.”

Under the guidance of Dr. Craig Rosen, professor of theater and Academic Theater Program coordinator, Yasir honed his acting skills in class as well as through roles in the college’s productions of “Hair,” “Rabbit Hole,” “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Spring Awakening.”

Following a suggestion from his father, he called an academic advisor at Moraine Valley.

“The next thing I knew, I was registered in speech and acting classes. Then I met Doc Rosen and my life would change forever.”