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Performance in a Post-Lockdown World - AWAN Xtra

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Date(s) - 07/24/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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How will the way we make performance change as a result of the pandemic? 10am-11am EDT

About this Event

How will the way we make performance change as a result of the pandemic? As lockdowns around the world start to ease and work starts to pick up, how do we safeguard opportunities for women in and from the MENA region? We have a fascinating line-up of female professionals who will offer insight into the industry and how they have seen the work that they do change as a result of the COVID crisis.

– Mounia Akl

A writer and director from Lebanon living between New York and Beirut. She has a masters in Architecture from ALBA, Lebanon and an MFA in Film Directing and Screenwriting from Columbia University, New York. Her work has been supported and screened in the Official Selections of the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

Apart from directing Fiction, TV, and Fashion, Mounia has taught Directing and Screenwriting at Columbia University (Preceptor) in New York and Northwestern University in Chicago. Mounia is currently working on a few projects between Paris, New York and Beirut, where she is shooting her Feature Film Costa Brava, Lebanon, a co-production between Lebanon, France and Denmark.

– Aisha Lena Jabour

A Filmmaker and Casting Director. Born and raised in NYC, she received her BA in film production from Brooklyn College. She is currently based in Casablanca Morocco where her work as a Casting Director includes collaborations with international film and television projects. Specializing in MENA talent, she was a Casting Director on Season 8 of Showtime’s Homeland. She is presently working as a Casting Director and consultant for series in production for Apple TV+ and FX.

– Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso

Shubbak Festival’s Senior Programmer & Producer and leads on the festival’s artistic residencies, forging collaborations between global makers and local collaborators and participants. She is also a performance-maker and facilitator. Following her studies at Goldsmiths and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she began to develop intercultural and cross-cultural work with artists across the MENA region and the UK.

She is co-founder and co-director of At Home in Gaza and London, a collaborative telematic digital performance project bringing together artists and audiences across the divide in real time (Artsadmin, BAC, The Everyman – UK, Al Meshal and El Wedad Theatres – Gaza).

As a performer, she has contributed to texts and contemporary works with companies and venues including Station House Opera, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Arcola, The Bush, Shunt, HighTide, Gate Theatre, Roundhouse, Rich Mix, site-specific locations and internationally. As an associate artist with Kazzum, she has led engagement programmes with young people who have recently arrived to the UK and are going through the asylum-seeking process. As a facilitator, she has worked within school and criminal justice environments, particularly with young people and women who have experienced or are at risk of imprisonment.

She produced and co-programmed Arts Canteen’s 2018 AWAN – Arab Women Artists Now Festival and curated Global Arab Female Voices in 2019.

– Laila Alj

Laila was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco. She studied theatre & creative writing at Northwestern University (Chicago) and Screen Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London). She is based in London and works across theatre, film, tv, stand-up comedy and radio. Internationally, she’s worked on projects in Brazil, Morocco and Tunisia. She has a particular interest in new work with a focus on women from the Arab world.

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