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Presented in partnership with the Arab American National Museum 

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Join the Middle Eastern and North African Theater Makers Alliance at the Arab American National Museum for our fall convening on November 10-12, 2022. The convening will feature networking opportunities with other artists, panel discussions, a showcase for MENA playwrights, opportunities to share your own work, and more!


View the digital program here.

Registration is sliding scale  ($20-$100). Your registration also includes a one year membership to the Middle East and North African Theater Makers Alliance!


*Please note that this is primarily  an  in-person convening, select programs will be live streamed for those not able to attend in person. 


Most events will take place at or near the Arab American National Museum:
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126

Thursday, November 10, 2022

  • 12-1pm ET: Coffee & Conversation 
    Check in at the Registration Table. (@ The Annex)


  • 1-2pm ET: MENATMA Welcome 
    Learn about MENATMA and what to expect from the convening. (@ T
    he Annex)

  • 2-4pm ET: Roundtable Discussions
    Discuss important topics to our field and community in small groups. (@ T
    he Annex)

  • 6pm ET: Heather Raffo's Noura at Detroit Public Theatre
    Attend a special open rehearsal of Noura followed by a talkback with playwright and lead actor Heather Raffo. The event will culminate in a reception hosted by the Arab American National Museum. (seperate RSVP required)

Friday, November 11, 2022

  • 9-9:30am ET: Coffee & Conversation (@ The Annex)

  • 9:30-11am ET: Meet the AANM Resident Artists in a dynamic interactive session. (@ The Annex)

  • 11am-12:30pm ET: Creative Networking with MENATMA Participants (@ AANM Auditorium)

  • 12:30-2pm ET: Lunch Dine-Arounds
    Sign up to have lunch with small groups at local restaurants.

  • 2-3:15pm ET: No Summary Panel Conversation (Hybrid in-person and online event)
    Hosted by Golden Thread Productions and live streamed by HowlRound (@ AANM Auditorium)


  • 3:15-5pm ET: Projects-in-Progress: Rapid Share-Out Exchange with AANM Resident Artists and MENATMA
    This is an opportunity to share images, videos, and information about your work and works-in-progress! Each artist will have up to five minutes to share. Sign-up is required (spots are limited and are first come, first served), but all are encouraged to attend. (@ The AANM Auditorium)


  • 8pm ET: DRONE - Work-in-Progress: Testimonies and Music
    Public performance of excerpts of a new play by Andrea Assaf, with text based on actual testimonies of survivors and witnesses, accompanied by live music featuring internationally acclaimed Syrian vocalist Lubana Al Quntar. Followed by a dialogue with the artists and audience. (@ AANM Auditorium) 
    (Ticketed event, included with MENATMA Fall Convening registration)

Saturday, November 12, 2022

  • 11-11:30am ET: Coffee & Conversation (@ The Annex)

  • 11:30am-12:30pm ET: Community-Based Artmaking Workshop
    This AANM Artist-in-Residence workshop will be open to MENATMA attendees.
    (@ The Annex)


  • 12:30-2pm ET: Lunch Dine-Arounds
    Sign up to have lunch with small groups at local restaurants.


  • 2:00-4:00pm ET: Small walking group tours of Musuem and city

  • 4:00-6pm ET: Readings of Play Excerpts by MENA Playwrights featuring local performers
    (@ AANM Auditorium)


  • 6-7:30pm ET: Arab American Book Awards Ceremony
    Join 2022 Arab American Book Award winners and honorable mentions for a celebratory reading of the winning books. The event will feature catered reception and book signings.
    (@ AANM Auditorium)


  • 8pm ET: Open Mic
    All Artists-in-Residence, MENATMA members, and the public are invited to share their own work at an open mic after the awards ceremony and catered reception. Each artist will have up to five minutes to perform (with a public audience). Sign-up is required. Spots are limited and are first come, first served. 
    Sign up to perform here.

This event is sponsored by Art2Action, Inc.Golden Thread Productions, New Arab American Theater Works, Noor Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Silk Road Rising

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