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Raphael Amahl Khouri

Transgender Arab documentary playwright

Raphael Amahl Khouri is a transgender Jordanian German American documentary playwright and theatremaker living in Berlin. Khouri is the author of several plays, including the first-ever transgender Arab play, She He Me (staged at Kosmos Theatre, Vienna 2019), also recently performed online as part of NYC’s Criminal Queerness Festival. ICH BRAUCHE MEINE RUHE (I Need My Rest) (Politik im Freien Theater Festival, Munich 2018) and No Matter Where I Go (Beirut 2014). Khouri is also the author of No Matter Where I Go, the first queer Arab play staged at AUB in 2014.

Khouri is also a part of the Climate Change Theater Action and their play Oh, How We Loved Our Tuna! was read internationally as part of the initiative.

Khouri was a selected playwright at the Arcola Global Queer Plays (London 2018) and the Lark hotINK international play reading series (NYC, 2015). Khouri was a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab (NYC, 2013) and was the recipient of a Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship for poetry from PEN USA (Los Angeles, 2007). His work has been published in several US journals, as well as Global Queer Plays (Oberon Books 2018), Skrivena Ljubav (Samizdat 2018) and International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer anthology (Palgrave, 2016). They’ve also been commissioned to write new work for Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Belfast, featuring there in 2019 and 2020. Khouri’s work will also appear in the upcoming International Queer Drama Anthology published by Neofelis Verlag in 2020, and the Methuen Anthology of Trans plays published in 2021 this year.

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Home and Exile in Queer MENA Theatremaking

Home and Exile in Queer MENA Theatremaking

6 December 2023

MENA cultures are deeply familial with a strong connection to home, defined geographically and through close family bonds. With fraught political and religious opinions about queerness throughout the region, making queer art can threaten those deep connections. How do queer MENA artists consider those complications when making theatre? How do individuals change culture in the face of possible exile? Multi-hyphenate artists Zeyn Joukhadar and Raphaël Aimé Khouri interrogate these questions.