Eyad Houssami makes and writes about theatre. As a director, he has staged canonical works of drama, new plays in Arabic, and translations. He is founder of Masrah Ensemble, a nonprofit theatre organization in Lebanon, and editor of English and Arabic editions of Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre (Pluto Press, Dar Al Adab 2012). He has performed in Syria’s dead Byzantine cities; produced a monodrama in a 13th century mansion only to be banned from performing; hosted cabarets and directed plays in derelict Ottoman edifices in Beirut; and his play Mama Butterfly received a staged reading at Between the Seas festival (New York 2010). He is also editor-at-large of Portal 9: Stories and Critical Writing about the City, an Arabic-English cultural journal published in Beirut. His theatre research efforts have culminated in invitations to present at conferences in South Africa and Korea and publication in peer-reviewed journals. From 2007-2011, he served as Co-Founder and President of the Yale Arab Alumni Association (YAAA) and co-chaired YAAA’s international urban sustainability conference at the American University of Beirut (2009). He is the recipient of Rotary and Fulbright grants, was an artist-in-residence at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab 2013, and studied theatre at Yale.


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