Sufian Zhemukhov is an award-winning author and performer. Sufian’s solo shows have been featured off-Broadway and nationwide. NPR presented his show Flirting Like an American as "a show about romance, culture, and one immigrant's story" and his show From Russia Without Love as "an escapist James Bond parody." Sufian's stories are based on his personal experience as a first-generation immigrant and political analyst, which might be funnier than it sounds. He served as the 2023 Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center, received the 2020 JJ Reneaux Emerging Artist Award from the National Storytelling Network, and his research won the 2019 Best Book Award from the International Studies Association.

Watch & Listen

VIDEO: Jesus in a Shoe Store - PBS / World Channel's Stories from the Stage
VIDEO: Valentine’s Card - PBS / World Channel's Stories from the Stage
AUDIO: Blueberry Diplomacy - NPR / The Moth Radio Hour
AUDIO: What We Wear - NPR / The Moth Radio Hour


The Child Catcher, a short story from the show "The Soviet Boy With Magic Powers." (In Clarity: Stories About The Moments That Changed It All. Ed. by Jeremy Kredlo, Erin Rodgers. The Pathfinders Collective, 2024.)


"Zhemukhov is a master storyteller" - Kathy Laluk, Rochester City Magazine
“Flirting Like an American - Charming” - Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town
“Show about romance, culture, and one immigrant's story” - Beth Adams, NPR
"Zhemukhov is an excellent raconteur" - Andy Arnold, DC Metro Theater Arts 

Professional Awards

2023 Teller in Residence, International Storytelling Center
2022 Exchange Place Teller, National Storytelling Festival
2020 J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award, National Storytelling Network
2018 Story Slam finalist, National Storytelling Festival


WIKI: https://wikitia.com/wiki/Sufian_N._Zhemukhov
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@sufianz