WHO WE ARE

We are theater makers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage working in the United States.

We define the Middle East and North Africa broadly and inclusively in order to embrace the multiplicity of ethnic and religious identities that span Southwest Asia, North Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, parts of Mediterranean Europe, and our Diaspora communities.

 

We define Theater broadly and inclusively, welcoming artists of all disciplines and practices from traditional to contemporary, as well as all theater professionals that support the development and production of theater.

 

We include and welcome people of all races, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, genders, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, citizenship statuses, and religions. We are committed to anti-racist decolonizing practices.

We acknowledge that our work is made possible by decades of artistic resilience and community building by countless artists and organizations.

MISSION

MENA Theater Makers Alliance amplifies the voices of Middle Eastern and North African theater makers and expands how stories from and about our communities are told on U.S. stages. We will take space, make opportunities, champion artists, and build relationships with other marginalized communities and allies to build a more vibrant American theater.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

We believe the rich tapestry of American theater must reflect this nation’s true diversity, and nuanced representations of MENA perspectives must be a vital part of cultural production in the U.S. 

 

We believe that the American theatre must reject cultural conflation, and lift up the complicated and intersectional reality of MENA communities.

 

We believe that our work in the American theater is part of a larger movement towards inclusion and equity.

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