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An open letter and a bill of rights, in the interest of more stage works representing the full diversity and humanity of Middle Eastern Americans.


Fall 2021 Digital Convening

Hosted by MENATMA, and sponsored by The Rutherford Initiative, University of Oregon, Golden Thread Productions, Noor Theatre, and Art2Action, Inc. (November 5-7, 2021)

ReOrient 2019: National Convening of Middle East and North African Theatre Artists

Hosted by Golden Thread, San Francisco (November 9-10, 2019)

Middle East America Convening 2016

Hosted by The Lark, New York City (May 18-19, 2016)



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.

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. 

Through Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi at Cleveland Public Theatre, Arabic-speaking communities of Cleveland share vital, life-affirming stories celebrating family, dignity, and freedom of expression. These stories affirm a rich heritage and seek to move Cleveland to shed preconceptions and stereotypes, and grow empathy and understanding.

New Arab American Theater Works is an organization that presents new work by Arab American theatre artists. We strive to benefit under represented Arab, Arab American and Muslim artists locally, nationally and internationally.

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. 

Peydah Theatre Company is a company of Iranian-American actors and theatre makers who have gathered with the goal of creating work that tells our stories without apology, reservation, or limitations. Peydah is committed to voicing stories from all aspects of Iranian life.

Silk Road Rising is a community-centered art-making and arts service organization rooted in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim experiences. Through live theatre, digital media, and arts education, we challenge disinformation, cultivate new narratives, and promote a culture of continuous learning.

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