Watch the following video in which Eyad Houssami, founding director of Masrah Ensemble in Lebanon and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders Fellow, talks about the challenges of making a case for the arts in a society where the concept of public value is very limited. Add your voice to the discussion. Use the comments below to weigh in with your thoughts. … [Read more...]
About Eyad Houssami
Eyad Houssami makes and writes about theater. He is the founding director of Masrah Ensemble, a nonprofit theater organization in Lebanon, and the editor of English and Arabic editions of Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre (Pluto Press and Dar Al Adab 2012). He has performed in dead Byzantine cities in Syria and produced a monodrama in a 13th century mansion only to be banned from performing. His play Mama Butterfly received a staged reading at Between the Seas festival (New York, 2010). He has presented at conferences in South Africa and Korea and published in peer-reviewed journals. He served as president of the Yale Arab Alumni Association (YAAA) and co-chaired YAAA's international urban sustainability conference at the American University of Beirut (2009). Mr. Houssami studied theatre at Yale University.