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Our community is made up of theater artists, educators, and administrators who work independently and within organizations.  



Andrea Assaf

ArtAction, Inc.

Tampa, FL


Tracy Cameron Francis

Boom Arts

Portland, OR


Debórah Eliezer

Aviva Arts

San Francisco, CA


Denmo Ibrahim

New York, NY


Kathryn Haddad

New Arab American Theater Works

Minneapolis, MN


Jamil Khoury

Silk Road Rising

Chicago, IL


Kate Moore Heaney

Noor Theatre

New York, NY

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Evren Odcikin

San Francisco, CA


Torange Yeghiazarian

San Francisco, CA


The founding Steering Committee members were, in alphabetical order:
Andrea Assaf, Leila Buck, Catherine Coray, Tracy Cameron Francis, Yussef El Guindi, Nora el Samahy, Jamil Khoury, Pia Haddad, Kate Moore Heaney, Michael Malek Najjar, Evren Odcikin, and Torange Yeghiazarian.


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Golden Thread Productions, founded in 1996, is the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East. We produce passionate and provocative plays from or about the Middle East that celebrate the multiplicity of its perspectives and identities.

Silk Road Cultural Center is an interdisciplinary arts organization rooted in Pan-Asian*, North African, and Muslim experiences. We embrace the arts as a catalyst for connecting people, places, histories, and futures. 

**We define Pan-Asian as inclusive of all cultures that span the Asian continent, including their diaspora communities.


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. 

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The Lark is an international theatre laboratory based in New York City that is dedicated to supporting extraordinary playwrights and stories that reflect the vibrancy and complexity of our world.


Maia Directors is a consulting company for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. We are advocates for the inclusion of MENASA artists and stories as a vital part of the American cultural conversation. 

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Art2Action, Inc. creates, develops, produces and presents original theatre, interdisciplinary performances, performative acts and progressive cultural organizing.  We support women artists, artists of color, queer or trans-identified artists, and creative allies. We are dedicated to cultural equity and innovation, artistic quality and community value, performativity and impact.

New Arab American Theater Works is a Minnesota-based organization that presents new work by Arab American theater artists. Our work gives new perspective to on the terms “Arab”, “Middle Eastern” and “Muslim” terms thrown around in the news media and still continue to be equated with “terrorist” and “war” and “oppressive”. We strive to benefit under represented Arab, Arab American and Muslim artists locally, nationally and internationally.



Theatre Communications Group (TCG) exists to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally. Through its Core Values of Activism, Artistry, Diversity, and Global Citizenship, TCG advances a better world for theatre and a better world because of theatre. 

The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) envisions a strong and sustainable Asian American theatre community that is an integral presence in national culture. Our mission is to advance the field of Asian American theatre through a national network of organizations and artists.

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