Coverage of Checking In? presented by the City School and Cogito Productions, produced and directed by Shehzad Ghias Shaikh.
"I'd say that a simple idea can be developed into a full-fledged comedy sketch or skit, a stand-up act, a joke or a sitcom."
"Shehzad Ghias Shaikh is a stand-up comedian, the founder of Cogito Productions, a theatre actor and director. Needless to say, he lived up to the expectations of the crowd. "
"Not only did it show that Shehzad grasps the art of standup comedy but also that he made sure he had something to banter with his audience about - themselves. "
“The acting was breathtaking and I couldn’t look away for even a second during the performances.”
"We as students need to realise that education doesn’t end in class rooms and now it is our duty to educate and entertain the masses at our level,” Shehzad Ghias told The News."
"“The hysterical neighbour, the paunchy Khurdam, a well-nuanced performance by Shehzad Shaikh”
Quote from the ‘Daily Times’ review,
“Shehzad was cast as a homosexual, while Khurdam added exuberance to the play through his comic antics. Other members of the cast included Wajiha, Anum, Talal, Mariya and Bilal, all of whom gave outstanding performances.
Best Director and Best Play awarded to Shehzad Shaikh for Raqs-e-Bismil at the Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore in April 2010.
The Shehzad Ghias directed 'Teesri Dastak' at Fast University Lahore wins Best Director, Best Production, Best Male Actor, Best Technicals, Best Female Actor. - April 2011
The Shehzad Ghias directed ' Barri' at Fast University Lahore wins Best Director. - April 2012
"Cogito's founding president Shaikh said that improvisation is an essential tool in an actor's arsenal."
Review of the Third Act in Daily Times
Review of the Final Act in the Daily Times.
Winner of 'Chu Lo Aasman', Pakistan's first acting reality talent hunt competition.
"Suddenly Shehzad Shaikh, standing in the middle of the stage with a fake pregnant tummy protruding all the way and a duppatta over his hand; turned to beam at the audience."
" “We like to push the boundaries,” says Shehzad."
"Shaikh tried to whisper soul into original theatre by gathering talented actors and writers on one platform. They capture diverse elements into the folds of their acting, generating motley of reaction from the public. They can dumbstruck you by their intense acting or make you fall off yours seats, laughing! "
Morning Pakistan's coverage of the third Cogito Youth Performing Arts Festival.
Dawn's coverage of the first Cogito Youth Performing Arts Festival.