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NO SUMMARY: Critiquing the Critics

Golden Thread introduced the dialog NO SUMMARY: Critiquing the Critics: The Reception of MENA Productions  livestreaming on the worldwide, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV community on Friday 11 November 2022 at 11 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 1 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 2 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Golden Thread invitations Sarah Fahmy, a scholar and devising artist to reasonable a dialog on the reception of Center Jap North African (MENA) productions in the USA in the present day with Kareem Fahmy, a theatre director, playwright, and screenwriter whose work is produced at nationally acclaimed theatre firms this 12 months, and Malek Najjar, a director, playwright, and scholar of Arab American and Center Jap American theatre and affiliate professor of theatre arts on the College of Oregon. When Center Jap North African tales are continually subjected to the white gaze and are carried out in entrance of a predominantly white Western viewers, how do MENA artistic groups grapple with an genuine illustration of their artistry, languages, and cultures?

This dialog is produced and hosted by Golden Thread Productions in collaboration with the MENATMA convening going down on the Arab American Nationwide Museum, 10-12 November 2022.

Sarah Fahmy (moderator) is a decolonial scholartist, who works on the intersection of efficiency and id politics, Arab and North African theatre, and eco-feminism. She is a co-founder and chair of the Center Jap theatre focus group on the Affiliation of Theatre in Increased Training and the co-chair of the MENATMA programming subcommittee. A Ph.D. candidate in theatre and efficiency research and a member of the Youngster Language Studying Lab on the College of Colorado Boulder, Sarah’s dissertation presents a foundational theoretical praxis for supporting younger Egyptian ladies authors and embodying their decolonial feminist identities. Sarah has devised multidisciplinary, site-specific items and facilitated utilized efficiency and playback residencies with a whole lot of contributors internationally, starting from artistic local weather communication with scientists to co-created workshops with youth for the UN Fee on the Standing of Ladies and the Egyptian authorities. Sarah has spearheaded university-wide anti-racist restructuring because the president of the Graduate and Skilled Scholar Authorities, the theatre lead teacher on the Heart for Educating and Studying, and the co-artistic producer of the New Play Pageant. She additionally created the primary college library database devoted to MENA ladies playwrights. Her publications seem in a variety of journals and books starting fromTheatre Matters to PloS One.

Malek Najjar (Panelist) is an affiliate professor of theatre arts on the College of Oregon. He’s a director, playwright, and scholar of Arab American and Center Jap American theatre. His printed works embody Center Jap American Theatre: Communities, Cultures and Artists and Arab American Drama, Movie and Efficiency: A Essential Research: 1908 to the Current. He has edited 4 Arab American performs: Works by Leila Buck, Jamil Khoury, Yussef El Guindi, Lameece Issaq, and Jacob Kader; The Chosen Works of Yussef El Guindi; and Heather Raffo’s Iraq Performs: The Issues That Can’t Be Mentioned. He has co-edited The Vagrant Trilogy: Three Performs by Mona Mansour (with Hala Baki) and Six Performs of the Israeli-Palestinian Battle (with Jamil Khoury and Corey Pond). He has directed productions with Silk Street Rising, Golden Thread Productions, and New Arab American Theatre Works. Malek is an alumnus of the RAWI Screenwriters Lab/the Royal Movie Fee Jordan, Administrators Lab at Lincoln Heart Theater, and Administrators Lab West. He was awarded the College of California Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, the Ernest G. Moll College Analysis Fellowship in Literary Research, the Fund for College Excellence Award, and certificates of advantage for guiding from the Kennedy Heart/American School Theatre Pageant.

Kareem Fahmy (Panelist) is a Canadian-born, New York Metropolis-based director and playwright of Egyptian descent. He was named a 2020 TCG Rising Chief of Shade. As a playwright, Kareem acquired the 2022 Woodward/Newman Playwriting Award, a NYSCA/NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, the Janet Sloane Literature Residency at Yaddo, and is a two-time finalist for the Nationwide Showcase of New Performs. Commissions: Artists Repertory Theatre, Colt Coeur, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan. His performs embody Dodi & Diana (Colt Coeur, O’Neill NPC Finalist), American Quick (Rolling World Premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre, Metropolis Theatre, InterAct Theatre), A Distinct Society (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Pioneer Theatre, Writers Theatre), The Triumphant (Goal Margin Theatre), Pareidolia, and an adaptation of the acclaimed novel The Yacoubian Constructing. Kareem is co-founder and chair of the Center Jap American Writers Lab. He has directed and developed work at theatres nationwide, together with Pioneer Theatre, Geva Theatre, Writers Theatre, Modern American Theatre Pageant, Portland Stage, Crossroads Theatre, Premiere Levels, MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Group, New Dramatists, Playwrights Heart, The Civilians, Silk Street Rising, San Diego Rep, and Berkeley Rep. Fellowships/Residencies: Sundance Theatre Lab, The Previous Globe (Classical Directing Fellow), Oregon Shakespeare Pageant (Phil Killian Directing Fellow), The O’Neill (Nationwide Administrators Fellow), Second Stage (Van Lier Directing Fellow), Soho Rep (Author/Director Lab), Lincoln Heart (Administrators Lab), New York Theatre Workshop (Directing Fellow/Regular Suspect). MFA in Theatre Directing: Columbia College.



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