In Conversation: Celebrating Arab Artistry

McGuire Proscenium Stage
3:30 p.m.


From our production of Noura to the series of Arab presentations in the Dowling Studio, the Guthrie is proud to celebrate Arab artistry on our stages this season. Join us for a dynamic discussion that will explore what it means to create theater through an Arab lens in the U.S. and beyond. Representing an array of backgrounds and voices, our panel of Arab theatermakers will share and compare stories from their lives, careers and experiences as artists.

The conversation will be moderated by Taous Claire Khazem, assistant director for Noura, and feature the following panelists:

  • Hanane Hajj Ali (Lebanon), writer and performer of Jogging
  • Kathryn Haddad (U.S.), artistic and executive director of New Arab American Theater Works and writer of Zafira and the Resistance
  • Joseph Haj (U.S.), artistic director of the Guthrie Theater
  • Heather Raffo, writer of Noura
  • Amir Nizar Zuabi (Palestine), writer and director of Grey Rock

About the series

From Artistic Director Joseph Haj

“So often, our exposure to Arab culture in America is reduced to stories connected to war and politics, but the lives of Arabs and Arab Americans go far beyond the limits of that framework. In curating the 2019–2020 Season, we didn’t want a singular story to bear the weight of trying to represent an entire cultural worldview, so we took the opportunity to present multiple tales from the Arab experience — all beautifully human, diverse and connected. We are honored to share this range of voices with our community.” 

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