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Raeda Taha

Raeda Taha

Raeda Taha was born in Jerusalem in 1965 and raised in Beirut. She holds a BA in Speech Communication and Journalism from George Mason University in Washington DC. 

Between 1987 and 1994, she was the Press Secretary of Chairman Yasser Arafat. 
Currently, she is the Chairperson of the Sakakini Cultural Center in Ramallah, Palestine and a member of Administrative Committee of the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon.

Raeda has published several short stories in the Anthology of Palestinian
 Women Writers and has recently authored a book, Ali, chronicling the life of her father a pioneering Palestinian freedom fighter. 

She has acted and played lead-roles in three plays: Petra Rocks, Return to Haifa, and 80 Steps. In 2105, she wrote, produced, and performed a one-woman show Where can I find someone like you Ali? directed by Lina Abyad. The play is still touring all over the world and has been watched by more than 20,000 people to date. Ali has been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center the performing arts in Washington DC in March 2017. The script was selected to be taught in the American University of Beirut in 2016 as part of female playwrights from the Mediterranean, and an English translation is currently being translated to be published by Brill-Leiden for their anthology Modern and Contemporary Levantine Political Theater. In the fall of 2018 the script will be introduced as part of a new course named “Gender and the Future of Normal” at NYU Abu Dhabi. 

Raeda wrote, produced and performed a new production called 36 Abbas Street, Haifa, which launched in Beirut in September 2017 and has received astounding feedback from both the press and the audience alike. 

Raeda has been selected to take part in the Sundance theatre lab in MENA in Marrakesh in 2016. The Labs serve as “the space in between” the conception of a work and its eventual production.

She has also been invited by the Sundance Institute for attending a 3 week intensive Theatre Lab centered on writing, first readings and work in progress showings for her new play 36 Abbas Street, Haifa, at the MASS MoCA institute in Massachusetts in December 2016. 

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