Saira Umar is an Asian American writer & creator.
Growing up, Saira explored musical theater, fashion design, art, and prose writing, then chose to combine these with her love for storytelling through animation. She's especially passionate about stories around the themes of identity, culture, family, following dreams, and fighting injustice set in a hopeful world, that sometimes has magic.
She is currently a Production Assistant on NETFLIX's JENTRY CHAU VS THE UNDERWORLD at Titmouse Animation, as well as part of the leadership team at Asians in Animation. She also has written on PBS Kids' upcoming animated series SKILLSVILLE (formerly MASHOPOLIS).
Previously, she trained in the PBS Kids TPT Screenwriting Program and was a semi-finalist for the Universal Animation Writing Program and Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition.
Some of her side-quests include working at Disney World, making YouTube videos & podcasts, set design for theater, being an English/History/Art teacher, and voice acting. Bonus interests include reading, mythology & world cultures, puzzles & escape rooms, cooking & food, video games, and arts & crafts!