Nafeesa grew up on the stage of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre in Northern California, where she appeared in over 20 stage productions, from the age of 10 to 20. Some of her starring roles include Charlotte in Charlotte's Web, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, Fastrada in Pippin, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Super Star, Helena in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Julia in The Wedding Band. In her college years at Wesleyan University, Nafeesa featured in the student films "Malled Over," and "Coming Out." Her theatre roles include Lady in Purple in for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbo is enuf, Ophelia in Hamlet Machine, and Angel in Jose Rivera's Marisol.
In Los Angeles, she studied with Martin Barter at the Meisner-Carville School of Acting. Her film work includes the features "I'm Through with White Girls," "Naked Brown Men," "A State of Mind," and "The Truth, The Pain, The Sacrifice: An Actor's Reality." She recurred on "The Bold and the Beautiful," and co-starred on shows such as "In the House," "The Parkers," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Hang Time," and "The Martin Show." Her theatre credits include an award winning performance in the ensemble cast of Levy Lee Simon's For The Love of Freedom, Part I, Toussaint: The Soul, A. LaShaun Lee in Company Policy, by Micahel Ajakwe, Jr., and Melanie in Girl Talk.
Regionally Nafeesa recently appeared with Shakespeare & Company as Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost, and Yvette in Mother Courage starring Olympia Dukakis, as Gertrude in Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, and as Soothsayer/Artemidorus in The Folger Theatre's Julius Caesar.
In New York, Nafeesa appeared as Sheyla Duvall in the world premiere of John Mailer's Hello Herman, on Off Off Broadway, directed by Thomas M. Kail, as Claire in David Auburn's Proof directed by Johanna Day, and as Calpurnia in Queens Theatre's To Kill a Mockingbird directed by Rob Urbinati.