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National Convening of MENA Theatre Artists

Building on years of community organizing, the convening, hosted by Golden Thread, will launch a national coalition of Middle Eastern, North African and Muslim theatre artists. Noor is excited to be a co-host and partner theatre at the Convening this year on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10.

You can view the full schedule and register here. If you can’t make it in person, keep an eye out for livestreaming announcements!


 
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Upcoming Events

Join us on Friday, April 19 for an evening of storytelling, bringing together three queer writers from the Middle East—Amahl Khouri, Dima Matta, and Abdullah AlKafri—with several members of NYC’s LGBTQ+ community. Leading up to this storytelling event, we hope you will also join us on April 17 and 18 at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute for Arab Voices: Three New Plays in Translation.


 
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ANNOUNCING THE ARTISTS ADVANCING CULTURAL CHANGE COHORT

Writers Mike Mosallam and Arian Moayed join Artistic Director Lameece Issaq to form Noor Theatre’s Artists Advancing Cultural Change cohort, in partnership with Pop Culture Collaborative. As part of this new program, each artist will write a new piece in a medium of their choice, whether film, TV, theatre, or other multi-media platform, exploring contemporary American issues through their own specific Middle Eastern lenses. Noor is thrilled to be part of Pop Culture Collaborative’s mission to drive cultural and narrative change in the United States, and to create a pipeline whereby our community’s work is shared with mass audiences.


INTRODUCING NOOR'S MIDDLE EASTERN ARTISTS DATABASE!

Are you an actor, playwright, director, designer, or musician of Middle Eastern descent? Perhaps a stage manager or a technician or a singer? We want to know about you! Part of Noor’s mission is to support theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent by recommending them to producers or other artists in the field, and considering them for future work with Noor. If you are interested in adding your detailed information to our database, please fill out our new online form here.  Even if we already know you, please fill it out anyway to help us learn more details about gifts and talents.


April 26, 2017

A Call for Equity and Inclusion:

An Open Letter to U.S. Theaters from Members of the Middle Eastern American Theater Community

As a community of Middle Eastern American theater artists of varying races, cultural backgrounds, religions, sexual and gender identities, worldviews and artistic aesthetics, we believe the entire theater industry has a responsibility to create a more equitable and inclusive structure for presenting marginalized voices.  

Playwrights Horizons is currently producing Zayd Dohrn’s The Profane, a play that follows two Muslim, presumably Middle Eastern American families. We are deeply concerned by the lack of representation on the lead creative or producing team from the communities being portrayed on stage. Members of the Middle Eastern American theater community...read more.