Noor Theatre is an Obie-winning company dedicated to supporting, developing and producing the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent.
Our programming supports work at different stages of development, whether early drafts of new plays or world premiere productions. Through our Highlight Reading Series, Co-presentation Partnerships with universities and other organizations, and Premiere Productions or 48 Hour Forum, we aim to create exceptional work that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to all people. Noor Theatre is a Company-In-Residence at New York Theatre Workshop.
“We’re Trying To Change The Dialogue, Change The Conversation From What Is In The Media...Theater Can Start To Shift Those Perceptions.” -Interpreting The New Dialogue, The Wall Street Journal
Highlight is a fall reading series designed to showcase the work of playwrights of Middle Eastern descent. Now in it’s 7th season, Highlight has featured the work of such award-winning playwrights as Mona Mansour, Yussef El Guindi and Heather Raffo. Several plays included in this popular series have gone on to have productions at the Humana Festival, Portland Center Stage, and Here.
Since our founding in 2010, we have produced the world premieres of over ten original plays: Food and Fadwa by Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader; Myth In Motion with the students of the NJIT/Rutgers Theater program; three original plays in The Myth Project and ten original short plays in 48 Hour Forum. Our inaugural production, Food and Fadwa, was co-produced with New York Theatre Workshop in May 2012.
Noor's annual forty-eight hour play festival where a diverse roster of artists are invited to spin our most talked about Middle Eastern-themed news events into humorous, incisive "theatrical op-eds." Taking place each May, five playwrights, five directors, and a company of actors gather over 48 hours in a race to create theater as fast as a news cycle. An audience favorite.
Noor is proud to partner with prestigious universities and institutions to co-present exciting, unknown work to a wider audience. Whether with the Martin E. Segal Center Theatre or the New York Center for Architecture, these special events always pack the house, and create a bridge between Noor and the larger community.