Who is Zuleika Khan?
Born and bred in Western Sydney with a degree as a Registered Nurse, Zule is fast becoming one of Australia's most unassumingly versatile artists. Having just won Screenwrtiers Australia's Smart For a Girl competition, she will be working on upcoming TV pilots with the women behind Offspring and Puberty Blues. She is also a common face on Austrlian TV as the face of Coles Car Insurance, and appearing on Offspring, Please Like Me, Murder Calls, Seven Types of Ambiguity, Fancy Boys and starring next to Craig McLachlan as a Burkini Activist on The Wrong Girl.
Decribed as a mix between Stand Up Comedian and Alicia Keys, Zuleika is an artist with a deep passion for creative integrity, vocal technique and honesty in acting and story telling. Zule (pronounced like Julie with a Z) has had the pleasure of dancing ballet and playing the piano as a young 8 years old at The Opera House, as well as performing at The Sydney Entertainment Centre, The Joan Sutherland Centre, Melbourne's Art Centre, Chapel Off Chapel, The Comedy Theatre, His Majesty's Theatre (Perth), Perth Crown Theatre, Adelaide Oval, The Queens Theatre (Australia's oldest theatre) and her second home the Butterfly Club.
She started ballet lessons at the tender age of 3 at the Penrith Royal Academy of Ballet, graduating to The Castlereagh School of Theatrical Dance where her mentor Jenny Attrill noticed that she had a knack for acting, comedy and generally 'being a clown'! This inspired her to immerse herself in the art of performance - acting, singing, dancing and writing for both the stage and the screen. Zule has studied at NIDA in Sydney, DW301 and VCA in Melbourne and owes her vocal technique and comedy savvy to her mentor and singing/acting teacher Sally Bourne, who also directed and wrote additional material for her one woman show TRIAGE! A Nursing Cabaret.
Zule is also a practicing Division 1 Registered Nurse. She completed her degree, putting her experience in Orthopaedic and Trauma acute care nursing to good use in her performance and writing:
"I have always had an obsession with cartoons and comedy, because there is nothing more therapeutic to a tortured soul than a good old belly laugh! From a very young age, I have been around the sick, the dying, the anxious and the depressed. The one thing I could give them all was a smile and sometimes a laugh - and that comes for free with no bad side effects! Suddenly, I had managed to get them to forget about pain, even if it was only for one second.....it makes it completely worth it.....and from this, I decided to be a ham and heal with laughter for the rest of my life!!!"
Following from her highly successful solo cabaret show debut TRIAGE! A Nursing Cabaret, she is currently in the process of writing her first original EP, singing through every emotion that comes to mind. Writing and performance is a way to heal and celebrate the traumatic, the absurd, the elated and the poignant times we all go through in life. Using genres that cover centuries of music from the classical stylings of balletic Tchaikovsky, the smooth scats of Ella Fitzgerald, multi layered harmonies of The Mama's and The Papa's, the comedic timing of a well choreographed MGM song and dance to the powerhouse sounds of Beyonce, Zule is the quintessential essence of Australian soul.