Director. Playwright. Author. Scholar.


Ph.D., Theatre and Performance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

M.F.A., Directing, York University, Toronto, Canada

B.A., Theatre Arts, University of New Mexico

Additional Experience:

Master Artist: National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation

Royal Film Commission Jordan/RAWI Screenwriters Lab

British/American Drama Academy, Midsummer in Oxford Programme, U.K.

Lincoln Center Directors Lab, New York

Directors Lab West, Los Angeles

Professional Actor’s Lab, Toronto


Middle Eastern American Theatre: Communities, Cultures, and Artists. Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama, 2021. https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/middle-eastern-american-theatre-communities-cultures-and-artists/

Arab American Drama, Film and Performance: A Critical Study, 1908 to the Present. McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015. https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/arab-american-drama-film-and-performance/


Heather Raffo’s Iraq Plays: The Things That Can’t Be Said. Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama, 2021. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/heather-raffos-iraq-plays-the-things-that-cant-be-said-9781350145191/

The Selected Works of Yussef El Guindi. Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama, 2019. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-selected-works-of-yussef-el-guindi-9781350057173/

Six Plays of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, co-edited with Jamil Khoury and Corey Pond. McFarland & Company, Inc., 2019. https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/six-plays-of-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict/

Four Arab American Plays: Works by Leila Buck, Jamil Khoury, Yussef El Guindi, and Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader. McFarland & Company, Inc., 2014. https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/four-arab-american-plays/

Selected Directing Credits

Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam, University Theatre, 2020.

Zafira and the Resistance by Kathy Haddad, co-directed with Zeina Salame, New Arab American Theatre Works at the Guthrie Theatre, 2019.

Scenes from 71* Years by Hannah Khalil, Golden Thread Productions, 2019.

Semitic Commonwealth, Silk Road Rising, 2017.

Scorched, University Theatre, 2016.

Professional Service

Steering committee, MENA Theater Makers Alliance, 2018-Present.

Advisory Council, The Road Less Traveled, Silk Road Rising, 2020-Present.

Advisory Board, Arab Stages, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center of New York/Arabic Theatre Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research.

Advisory Board, New Arab American Theatre Works.

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