Catherine Coray is the Program Director the Lark Play Development Center US-Middle East Playwright Exchange; previously she curated hotINK at the Lark, which has, over the last 13 years, introduced New York audiences to new plays from over 50 countries. As an actor, Catherine worked with such directors as Anne Bogart, Susan Dietz, Andre Gregory, Michael Kahn, and Lois Weaver; she appeared in the Los Angeles premiere of Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others.
As a director, she has staged work by Keith Curran, Richard Hoehler, Holly Hughes, Jessica Litwak, and Martin Moran. She has been on the faculty of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing since 1991, and teaches and collaborates with artists in Austria, Belarus, Chile, Cuba, Lebanon, and Egypt. She now teaches each fall at NYU in Abu Dhabi and co-curated, with Syrian director Naila Al Atrash, a convening of Middle-Eastern Women in Theater at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in NYC, bringing together theatremakers and thinkers from nine North African, Eastern Mediterranean, and Gulf countries with US-based artists of Middle Eastern origin for two days of performance, discussion, and debate.
At present, she is curating a festival to take place at the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center in November called Arab Voices: here/there/then/now. Catherine is a member of the Lark Play Development Artistic Cabinet and serves on the advisory boards of The Mercurian Translation Journal and Arab Stages.
For the last few years, professor Catherine Coray has been helping create collaboration opportunities for theatre artists in Arab countries and the Americas. Arab Voices: Stories of Palestine is the most recent iteration, and has taken place in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Beirut.
The 2016 Middle East America Convening May 18–19, 2016 at The Lark.