I am a theatre artist, scholar and teacher. I direct, devise, adapt, translate, and research theatre that questions entrenched power structures and pushes the boundaries of our contemporary political conversation.
My approach to creating, teaching, and writing about theatre brings together expertise in acting, directing, voice and speech, translation, and pedagogy. I am interested in the ways actors form ensembles and use their voices and bodies to dramatize collective storytelling.
I have directed productions and workshops at the Huntington Theatre Company, the American Repertory Theater, PEN America World Voices Festival, Golden Thread Theatre, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, and Cornell University. As a voice, speech and dialect specialist, I have coached on Broadway, in regional theatres and consulted for film and television.
I am currently Assistant Professor of Performance in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University where I teach acting, voice & speech, directing, contemporary international theatre and drama in translation.
I co-edited, co-translated and wrote the introduction to the anthology Tahrir Tales: Plays from the Egyptian Revolution (Seagull Books), which received a Literature in Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. My forthcoming anthology of new Palestinian drama, Theatre Between Home and Exile: New Plays from Palestine, co-edited with Marvin Carlson and Mas’ud Hamdan, will be published by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications.
I have received grants and commissions from the Fulbright Program, the Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges Program, the Mellon Foundation’s TCG Global Connections Program, the Radcliffe Institute, the Huntington Playwriting Fellows, the Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Catalyst Collaborative @ M.I.T., the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Middle Eastern Theater Project.
I earned my BA in Drama and Theatre Arts from Columbia University, an MFA in acting from the Moscow Art Theatre School, and Graduate Certificate in Advanced Theatre Training from Harvard. I am also certified in Voice and Speech Pedagogy by the Fitzmaurice Institute.
I am represented by Antje Oegel at AO International Agency.