AUC Theatre Program To Hold a Conference on Egyptian Women Playwrights and Directors
The Theatre Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) will hold a conference titled, “Egyptian Women Playwrights and Directors: Now and Forward,” to discuss the state of women’s participation and publications in the contemporary Egyptian theatre scene; the problems facing them and the solutions needed to improve their participation and presence.
The conference, which will bring together some of the most prominent female figures in the Egyptian theatre scene, will start with a keynote address by Minister of Culture Ines Abdel- Dayem. It will also include several activities: two panels, a roundtable discussion, an exhibition and a one-woman show performance.
One of the two panel discussions will feature female playwrights, including Salwa Abu Bakr, Rasha Abdelmoneim, Nesrine Nour, Dalia Bassiouny and Nesma Idris. The other panel will feature female directors, including Nora Amin, Effat Yehia and Abeer Ali. The two panels will be followed by a roundtable discussion that will bring together both playwrights and directors to have an open discussion on the past, present and future of women in Egyptian theater.
The event will also include a memorial gallery highlighting the works and impact of the late theatre critic Nehad Selaiha, whom the conference is commemorating, and a screening of a documentary about her life and work. The exhibition will be introduced by her sister, writer Sana’ Selaiha.
The event will be concluded by a theatre performance by AUC theatre alumna Lina Sakr. Sakr will perform the one-woman show El-Meshwar El-Akheer by Alfred Farag, centering around an Egyptian woman’s experience and struggles.
Friday, March 5, 2021; 2:00- 7:00 pm
Ewart Memorial Hall, AUC Tahrir Square for limited audience
American University of Cairo
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