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The 2016 Middle East America Convening

The 2016 Middle East America Convening

In partnership with our Middle East America (MEA) partners, San Francisco's Golden Thread Productions (celebrating its 20th Anniversary!) and Chicago's Silk Road Rising, The Lark is excited to host The 2016 Middle East America Convening!  Our plans for the convening, a follow-up to the meeting we had in 2012, will take place over a day and a half and include “reports from the field” on strides that members of the Middle Eastern American theater community have made over the last few years; conversations about ongoing and potential collaborations amongst MEA artists, and with our colleagues in the Middle East; and a celebration of the writers who received the MEA Playwright Fellowship: Mona Mansour, Yussef El Guindi & Adriana Sevahn Nichols. Throughout the convening, we also plan to present readings of excerpts from the work of 2014 Fellowship awardee, Mona Mansour as well as those who received Honorable Mention in the 2014 MEA Fellowship process: Bianca Bagatourian, Ismail Khalidi, Daria Polatin, Misha Shulman, & Zohar Tirosh-Polk.


Wednesday, May 18th

10:00 Convene: coffee and re-connecting!

10:30 Welcome and recap of previous meetings by Lark Middle East-US Playwright Exchange Director Catherine Coray and Golden Thread Theatre Artistic Director Torange Yeghiazarian

11:00 Panel: MEA partners John Eisner, Torange Yeghiazarian and Jamil Khoury on the History and Successes of MEA Fellowship (moderated by Catherine Coray)

12:00 Reading: an excerpt from Apricots by MEA finalist Misha Shulman

12:30 LUNCH provided by The Lark

1:00 Conversation, via Google Hangout, with Sundance Institute Theatre Labin MENA (Marrakech, Morocco): Christopher Hibma, Jumana Al Yasiri and Abdullah Alkafri, (moderated by Roberta Levitow)

2:00 Reading: an excerpt from Theo’s Dream by MEA finalist Zohar Tirosh-Polk

2:30 Panel with Theaters Presenting ME and ME-American Work, including Torange Yeghiazarian of Golden Thread Theatre, Jamil Khoury of Silk Road Rising, Lameece Issaq of Noor Theater and Kareem Fahmy of Rising Circle (moderated by Jamil Khoury)

4:00 Breakout sessions

5:00 Reports on breakout conversations with full group

5:45 Recap of day and plans for tomorrow

6:00 Reading: an excerpt from Foot by MEA Finalist Ismail Khalidi

6:30 adjourn

Thursday, May 19th

​12:00 Roundtable on Arab and Arab-American theater (and brown-bag lunch) to discuss plans for 2016 TCG Conference Breakout and 2017 Conference on Arab-American Theater (facilitated by Jamil Khoury and Michael Malek Najjar)

2:00 Panel: MEA Fellows Adriana Sevahn-Nichols, Yussef El Guindi and Mona Mansour on their MEA Fellowship Experience (moderated by Torange Yeghiazarian)

3:30 Reading: an excerpt from March! by MEA finalist Bianca Bagatourian

4:00 Breakout sessions

4:45 Reports on breakout conversations with full group

5:15 Reading: excerpt from untitled new play by 2014 MEA Fellow Mona Mansour

5:45 Full group: Next Steps

6:30 Wine reception

Schedule subject to change

If you have any questions or are interested in attending, please contact Middle East/United States Playwright Exchange Director Catherine Coray at

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