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Adam Elsayigh

Playwright, Dramaturg, and Theatermaker

Adam Ashraf Elsayigh is an Egyptian writer, theater maker, and dramaturg. Adam writes theater and TV scripts that interrogate the intersections of queerness, immigration, and colonialism. Adam’s ethos is to tell and amplify stories from communities that have been historically under and misrepresented on American television screens and stages. Adam’s plays (including Drowning in Cairo, Revelation, Memorial, and Jamestown/ Williamsburg) have been developed and seen at New York Theater Workshops, The Lark, The Tisch School of the Arts, The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and Golden Thread Productions. Adam is a fellow at Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance and an Alliance/Kendeda Award Finalist. He holds a BA in Theater with an emphasis in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from NYU Abu Dhabi and is an MFA Candidate in Playwriting at Brooklyn College. Learn more about what Adam is up to at https://www.adamaelsayigh.com/.

a colorful written diagram titled "Glocal Pedagogy"
Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings
Essay

Undoing Post-colonial Structures in Theatre, Starting With Zoom Convenings

19 November 2020

Karishma Bhagani, Adam Ashraf Elsayigh, and Taiwo Afolabi—three fellows of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University—talk about their learnings from creating and participating in a weeklong Zoom convening.

five performers pose in shadowy light
Flirting with the Taboo at the Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre
Essay

Flirting with the Taboo at the Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre

31 October 2018

Egyptian American playwright Adam A. Elsayigh uses the 2018 Cairo Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre as a jumping off point to discuss the state of theatre in the city, censorship, playwriting, and more.