Maha Chehlaoui
Dalal Faranesh
NYTW: Aftermath. Off-Broadway: Lidless (Page 73), Betrayed (Culture Project), Taming of the Shrew (La Mama), God Committee (Lamb's Theater), NY Arab-American Comedy Festival. Regional: Peer Gynt (Guthrie), Othello (Pioneer). Film & TV: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Toe to Toe, "Law & Order SVU," "Rescue Me." Founder & Executive Director of Noor Theatre.

Lameece Issaq
Co-author, Fadwa Faranesh
As Actor: NYTW: The Black Eyed. Off-Broadway: Stuff Happens (Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble), The Fever Chart, (Public Theatre), Girl Blog From Iraq: Baghdad Burning (Barrow Street Theater/Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Stage Theater Award nom, Outstanding Ensemble). Regional: Cymbeline (The Vineyard Playhouse), Adventures of Perseus (McCarter).  As Playwright: “A” Date, Samia’s Cup, Neighborhood Nightly News (NY Arab-American Comedy Festival); Nooha’s List (part of Motherhood Outloud; Hartford Stage, The Geffen, Primary Stages); Food and Fadwa (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, 2011). Education: MFA University of Texas, Austin. Member: League of Professional Theatre Women, The Dramatists Guild, AEA. Artistic Director of Noor Theatre.

Kathryn Kates
Aunt Samia
NYTW Debut. Off-Broadway: Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis (Beckett Theatre), Balaton (Urban Stages), Sa Ka La (45 Bleecker), Waxing West (La Mama, Romania & Sweden tours). Regional: Gray Matters (Hartford).  Film & TV:  Lola Versus, Beatrice, Jinxed, "Gurland on Gurland" (Showtime pilot), "Pan Am," "Rescue Me," "Law & Order SVU," "Seinfeld" (recurring The Babka Lady), "Lizzy McGuire" (recurring Mrs. Carrabino), "Judging Amy."

Arian Moayed
Emir Azzam
NYTW Debut. Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Tony nom, Drama League nom, Theater World Award). Off-Broadway: King Lear, The Fever Chart (Public Theater); Queens Blvd (Signature Theatre); Masked (Drama Desk nom); American Pilot (MTC); Homebody/Kabul (BAM, Steppenwolf); Goodbar (co-director, Under The Radar Festival); #9, The|King|Operetta, Marco Millions, The Persians (Waterwell). Selected Film & TV As Actor: Roadies, The Christians, “M.O.N.Y.” (NBC Pilot). Film Writer/Director: Overdue (2011), Day Ten (2012), This Island Made Me (2013).

Laith Nakli
Baba, Dialect Coach
NYTW: Aftermath. Off-Broadway: Lidless (Page 73), Inana (Denver Center), Cry of the Reed (Huntington), War (Rattlestick). Film & TV: A Song Still Inside, Recalled, My Last Day Without You, Happythankyoumoreplease, The Visitor, Arranged, “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “Traveler,” “The Sopranos,” Rescue Me,” “Without a Trace,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Third Watch.”

Heather Raffo
Hayat Johnson
NYTW Debut. Off Broadway: 9 Parts of Desire (actor & writer, Manhattan Ensemble Theater, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League nom.), Palace of the End (Epic Theatre Ensemble, Drama League nom.), In Darfur (The Public Theater), Macbeth, The Rivals (Acting Company), Over The River (Houseman). Regional:  9 Parts of Desire (Kennedy Center, Off West End, Arena Stage, Geffen Theater). Film: Vino Veritas.

Haaz Sleiman
Youssif Azzam
NYTW Debut. Off-Broadway: Joys of Lipstick (The Producers Club). Regional: A Portrait of the American as a Young Arab (Highways), The Royal Pardon (Lebanese American University). Film & TV: The Visitor (Spirit Award nom., Male Supporting Role), American Dreamz, Dorfman, Highland Park, AmericanEast, "Nurse Jackie" (series regular), "The Promise" (BAFTA nom., Best Mini Serial) "24" (recurring) "NCIS."

Jacob Kader Co-Author
Short Film: Quarter Magic, Parade of Horribles. Producer:  Ismael, Lottery Ticket, Hungry Spirits. Feature Screenplay: Small Victories (RAWI/Sundance Institute, In Development). Readings:  Up and Down the Ladder, Reading Darwin’s On the Origin of Species at Allenby Bridge (Noor Theatre). Actor: Grenade, Living it Up, A Few Good Arabs (2004/06 Arab-American Comedy Festival).

Shana Gold
Director
Off-Broadway: Goldor and Mythyka (New Georges), At the Pole (Urban Stages), Public Theater, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Clubbed Thumb, MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MTC. Regional: Hakawatiyeh (The Kennedy Center), The Nature of Mutation (Southwestern Rep), Reasons to be Pretty (Theatre Squared), Circumference of a Squirrel (Zachary Scott Theatre Center; Winner of the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Play). Education: MFA Brooklyn College (Directing). Member: LCT Directors Lab, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, New Georges Affiliated Artist. Upcoming: In the Crossing (Culture Project).

Andromache Chalfant
Scenic Design
Off-Broadway: Massacre (Sing To Your Children) (Rattlestick Theatre); Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC); Sex Lives Of Our Parents, Bachelorette (Second Stage); El Gato Con Botas (Gotham Chamber Opera/Tectonic Theater Company); Edgewise (The Play Company); Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: The Whipping Man (Hartford Stage); Crimes of the Heart (McCarter); Endgame (American Repertory Theater); Bus Stop (Kansas City Repertory Theater); Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Globe), Faust (Minnesota Opera). Upcoming: Warrior Class (Second Stage); A Streetcar Named Desire (Virginia Opera).

Gabriel Berry
Costume Designer
NYTW: Aftermath; The Black Eyed; The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador; The Medium; Owners; Traps; Lydie Breeze Parts 1 &2; A Number, Flow; Brides of the Moon; Bexley, OH(!), or, Two Tales of One City; Slavs!; Light Raise the Roof; Unfinished Stories; Love and Anger.

Japhy Weideman
 Lighting Designer
Off-Broadway: 4000 Miles, All-American, Stunning, (Lincoln Center); Sons of the Prophet, Tigers Be Still (Roundabout Theatre); All New People, The Talls (Second Stage); The Singing Forest (Public Theater/NYSF); Jack Goes Boating, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, (LAByrinth Theatre Co). Regional: ACT, Berkeley Rep, Houston Grand Opera, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Old Globe, Santa Fe Opera, Shakespeare Theater, Westport, others. International: La Scala, RSC, West End, Edinburgh International Festival, Epidaurus Greece, National Theater of Korea, Amsterdam-NDO, Opera Lyon.

Jane Shaw
Sound Designer, Original Music
NYTW: Liberty City. Off-Broadway: The Coward (LCT 3), Love Goes to Press (Mint), The Philanderer (Pearl), Hamlet (TFANA). Regional:  In the Next Room… (Cleveland Playhouse), Red (Maltz, Asolo Theaters), Doll’s House (Williamstown), The Catch (Denver Center). Nominations: Lortel, Eliot Norton.  Awards: Henry, NEA/TCG Career Development Grant, Premios ACE. Education: Yale Drama.

Amir ElSaffar
Original Music, Music Consultation
Trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, composer specialized in Iraqi Maqam music and Jazz. Grants & Commission: Chamber Music America, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Jerome Foundation, Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), the Painted Bride Arts Center.

George Ziadeh
Original Music, Music Consultation
Lectures & Performances: University of Chicago’s Middle East Music Ensemble, the University of Colorado, Alwan for the Arts, The United Nations (invited by Kofi Annan), Columbia University Department of Ethnomusicology, “Brooklyn Maqam” Festival of Arab Music. Training: Oud (with Simon Shaheen), Classical singing and voice (Youseef Kassab).

Nancy Vitale
Dramaturg
Dramaturg & Literary Consultant: NYTW, Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Araca Group, New Georges, NY Arab-American Comedy Festival, TFNC. Literary Staff, Regional: Williamstown (LMDA Residency Grant), Actors Theatre of Louisville, McCarter, Passage Theatre. Film & TV: Emerging Pictures, TV Land. Education: M.F.A. Columbia University; B.A. Oakland University. Producing Artistic Director of Noor Theatre.Laith Nakli (Dialect Coach)

Noor Theatre is dedicated to supporting, developing and presenting the work of theatre artists of Middle-Eastern descent. As a vital presence in the theatrical landscape, Noor aims to create exceptional work that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to all people. Noor was founded in 2010 by Lameece Issaq, Maha Chehlaoui and Nancy Vitale, and is a Company-in-Residence at New York Theatre Workshop. 


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