Betty Shamieh at The Classical Theatre of Harlem


Betty Shamieh is the author of fifteen plays. Her American premieres include: The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop), Fit for a Queen (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Strangest (The Semitic Root), Territories (Magic Theatre), and Roar (The New Group). Roar is currently being taught at universities throughout the United States. Shamieh wrote and co-starred in her play of monologues, Chocolate in Heat: Growing Up Arab in America, in an extended off-off-Broadway run and over twenty university theatres. Territories was developed at Al-Harah Theatre and presented at the Bethlehem Peace Center with support from the Doris Duke Foundation. Shamieh founded the Semitic Root, an artistic collective of Arab and Jewish Americans who are committed to creating innovative work together that challenges assumptions about race, cross-cultural dialogue, and war. A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, Shamieh was named a UNESCO Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue, a Harvard University Clifton Visiting Artist, and a Radcliffe Playwriting Fellow. She is an alumni member of New Dramatists, an affiliated artist at the New Group, and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. In 2016, Shamieh was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently developing a new comedy Malvolio, a sequel to Twelfth Night. Her works have been translated into seven languages.


To nurture a Harlem-based professional theatre company dedicated to reimagining the classics and developing new works.
To create comprehensive access for theatre artists, audiences and administrators from diverse backgrounds.
To reflect a diversity of ideas, invite transformative conversation, and inspire social change.
To create employment, economic and educational opportunities in Harlem and beyond.

More from the Residency

A Fireside Chat with playwright Betty Shamieh

A Fireside Chat with playwright Betty Shamieh

Presented by San Francisco Playhouse

Thursday 27 August 2020
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Playhouse presented a Fireside Chat with playwright Betty Shamieh (The Black Eyed, Roar) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at on Thursday 27 August 2020 at 7 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 9 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 10 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

Betty Shamieh.
SEGAL TALKS: Betty Shamieh

SEGAL TALKS: Betty Shamieh

An update on the situation for theatre artists in the United States

Thursday 23 July 2020
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS: Betty Shamieh and Ty Jones livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at on Thursday 23 July 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

three actors onstage
We’ve Seen White American Theatre

We’ve Seen White American Theatre

How Can We BIPOC Now See Ourselves?

2 July 2020

Betty Shamieh offers a response to the “We See You, White American Theater” open letter as a non-Black American of color.