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. https://www.bettyshamieh.com/contact
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