Sharif was introduced to theatre in a class taught by Naomi Iizuka at the University of California at Santa Barbara during his final year in the Art Studio program. During his time at UCSB, he co-founded and co-edited an art and literary journal, Mused magazine. After returning to the Bay Area, Sharif began to volunteer at the Intersection for the Arts, and continued his theatre training with Campo Santo as a member of their collaborative team. As a member of the Campo Santo family, Sharif worked on the development of Habibi and was the collaborative director of Sunday Will Come, the collaborative project by Campo Santo and the Erika Chong Shuch Project. He has also served as assistant director and collaborator on shows written by Naomi Iizuka, Jessica Hagedorn, and Denis Johnson. Sharif was born in Walnut Creek, CA.

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