FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Lameece Issaq has over fifteen years of experience working in the professional theater as an actor, writer and producer. Not only has she been involved in the Arab-American artist community, but also the New York theater scene, having worked at such esteemed institutions as the Public Theater and New York Theater Workshop and with many of New York’s finest theater artists, including Tony-Award winning directors Sam Gold and Daniel Sullivan and playwrights Naomi Wallace and David Hare. Lameece brings Noor together with well-known institutions and artists, and her own aesthetic has been shaped by her work with some of theater’s most respected luminaries. lameeceissaq.com
AFFILIATE PRODUCING DIRECTOR
Catherine Coray has been on the faculty of NYU Tisch School of the Arts since 1991, and teaches and collaborates with artists in Austria, Belarus, Chile, Cuba, Egypt and Lebanon. Previously, she was the director of hotINK at The Lark, which introduced New York audiences to new plays from over 50 countries; she now is the Program Director for The Lark Middle East-US Playwright Exchange. In 2014, she curated In The Same Room, a conference of Middle-Eastern Women in Theater at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in NYC. She also convened the 2016 Middle East America gathering at The Lark, and in November 2016 curated and co-produced a festival at the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center in November 2016 called Arab Voices: here/there/then/now. In March 2018 she curated and co-produced Arab Voices: Stories of Palestine, which brought together three Arab-American playwrights with Lebanese and Palestinian actors to introduce their work to Beirut audiences at Dar el Nimer Center for Palestinian Art and Culture. Catherine is a member of The Lark Artistic Cabinet and serves on the advisory boards of The Mercurian translation journal, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation for Cuban Art (AFLFC), Arab Stages and the Lebanese American University Communication Arts division.
Kate Moore Heaney
Kate Moore Heaney is a director, playwright, and producer committed to promoting empathy and investigating social, political, and human rights issues through theatre. In addition to serving as Associate Artistic Producer with Noor, Kate has directed and developed new work at The Flea (where she is a Resident Director), Fundamental Theatre Project, The Director’s Gathering JAM, Midtown International Theatre Festival, The Secret Theatre, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, TinyRhino, Rising Sun Performance Company, Playwrights at the Grand, and YES NOISE (on the High Line). Kate has worked, trained, and assistant directed at McCarter Theatre, The Shakespeare Society, Second Stage, Clubbed Thumb, CRY HAVOC, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and the Théâtre du Châtelet. She has assisted directors such as Emily Mann, Mark Brokaw, Portia Krieger, Adam Immerwahr, and Michael Unger. BA: Yale University. katemooreheaney.com.
Megan Patterson is a New York-based arts administrator. She has worked as a company manager for the Cape Playhouse before joining Brierpatch Productions on shows such as The Brightness of Heaven and Actor's Studio Drama School. From there, she worked as a finance associate at 59E59 Theaters before becoming the assistant production coordinator at the Metropolitan Opera. She is ecstatic to join the Noor team as the Associate Managing Director, and she cannot wait to help the company grow during this exciting time!
MARKETING & PUBLICITY MANAGER
Danielle Feder is an arts marketer, dramaturg, and producer. In addition to her role at Noor, she also currently works for The Interval. She is the co-founder of Hysteria Theatre Co., which had its debut play reading in 2016 and debut production in July 2018. Danielle has previously worked for Signature Theatre, 59E59 Theaters, Walnut Street Theatre, NYMF, and others. Member of LMDA. Columbia University MFA in Dramaturgy, 2021.
Board of Directors
President: Nilou Safinya, Entertainment Producer
Treasurer & Secretary: Megan Patterson
Kathryn Grody, Actor & Writer
Tariq Hassan, President of DAS, a division Omnicom Group and East and Africa.
Hussein Khalifa, MVision, Founding Partner
artistic advisory board
Amer Bisat, Managing Director, Blackrock
Beth Blickers, Literary Agent, APA
Kathleen Chalfant, Actor (Angels in America, Wit)
Maha Chehlaoui, Founder, Noor Theatre
Cherien Dabis, Filmmaker (Amreeka)
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater
Mara Isaacs, Founding Producer at Octopus Theatricals
Arian Moayed, Actor (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Artistic Director of Waterwell
Scott Morfee, Producer at The Barrow Street Theater
Dean Obeidallah, Comedian and Producer (Amman Comedy Festival, Axis of Evil, NYAACF)
Susan Peters, Executive Director, Arab Bankers Association of North America
Lisa Peterson, Director and Playwright (An Iliad)
Jose Rivera, Playwright and Screenwriter (Motorcycle Diaries, Marisol, Cloud Tectonics)
Tony Shalhoub, Actor (Monk, Golden Boy)
Naomi Wallace, Playwright (One Flea Spare, The Fever Chart)