American Univesity of Beirut

Sahar Assaf

Sahar Assaf is a theater-maker based in Beirut. She is an Assistant Professor of Theater at the American University of Beirut, where she co-established and co-directs the AUB Theater Initiative with playwright Robert Myers. She has been active in the Lebanese theater scene since 2003. Her recent credits as a director include Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding as a site-specific promenade performance, Shakespeare’s King Lear, Meen El Felten, an interactive documentary play on rape and sexual assault in Lebanon as part of Abaad Mena campaign of 2018, and No Demand No Supply, a documentary play about sex trafficking in Lebanon in collaboration with Kafa NGO and Ab: Beit Byout (an adaptation of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County). Sahar is an alumna of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab in NYC (2014), an alumna of Director's Lab North in Toronto (2017), co-founder and artistic director of Directors Lab Mediterranean (2019), and a Fulbright alumna with an MA in Theater Studies from Central Washington University (2011). She has published articles on her practice in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press Journals) and in Arab Stages, a publication of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and she recently contributed a book chapter to Theater in the Middle East: Between Performance and Politics edited by Babak Rahimi and published by Anthem press (2020).

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