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Shebana Coelho

Shebana Coelho is a playwright, director and filmmaker. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Fulbright grant to Mongolia. Her plays include Undo (The Players, NYC, 4/2014), Greenland (staged reading, Santa Fe Playhouse), The Tree (reading, Teatro Paraguas) and When the Stars Trembled in Rio Puerco (Teatro Paraguas, April 2014), which she also directed. She recently received a CEC ArtsLink award to collaborate with ASHTAR Theater, Palestine (Details: www.landoutloud.com). Her documentaries have been broadcast on American Public Television, National Public Radio, The Discovery Channel, and BBC Radio Four. Her website is www.shebanacoelho.com

 

Dispatch from the Youth Theater Festival in Ramallah, Palestine—Part Two
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Dispatch from the Youth Theater Festival in Ramallah, Palestine—Part Two

19 July 2014

In a volatile, war-torn place, things change quickly and recurring issues of conflict, occupation, and survival dominate—all the more reason to have festivals like this and theaters like Ashtar that persist under such circumstances and create transformative experiences.

Dispatch from the Youth Theater Festival in Ramallah, Palestine—Part One
Essay

Dispatch from the Youth Theater Festival in Ramallah, Palestine—Part One

2 July 2014

In 2012, eleven young theater students succeeded in starting Ashtar’s first youth festival. Ashtar Theatre, which was founded in 1991 by Iman Aoun and Edward Muallem, describes itself as “a dynamic local Palestinian theatre with a truly progressive global perspective.” Their core programs are drama training of local youth through an extracurricular after school program, Theater of the Oppressed Forum Theatre productions that explore “essential critical topics in Palestinian society” and international collaborations.