Eyad Houssami makes theatre. He is the founder of Masrah Ensemble, a nonprofit theatre organization in Lebanon. He usually co-creates and shares work in non-theatre spaces and emphasizes translation to/from Arabic. He collaborates with contemporary playwrights and has staged canonical works of drama. He is editor of Arabic and English editions of Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre (Pluto Press and Dar Al Adab, 2012) and author of the play Mama Butterfly, first published in 2013. He has worked as managing editor and editor-at-large of Portal 9: Stories and Critical Writing about the City, an Arabic-English literary and academic journal, praised by Dave Eggers as “one of the most stimulating and beautiful publications I’ve ever seen.” 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). The recipient of Rotary, Fulbright, Prince Claus Fund, and Young Arab Theatre Fund grants, he was an artist-in-residence at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab 2013 and at The Saison Foundation (Tokyo) in 2014. Houssami grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and studied theatre at Yale.


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