Founded in 1997, Theater Mitu has earned a wide reputation as an adventuresome and dynamic ensemble of artists. Under the leadership of founding artistic director Rubén Polendo, the Company is dedicated to transliterating a wide variety of performance traditions, exploring theatrical form, and supporting the growth of its members, who are at the creative core of each piece the Company produces. Its considerable body of work has taken on a variety of forms: developmental work with some of the world’s leading theatrical innovators, productions in conjunction with universities and conservatories, engagement with non-theatrical communities and, international research and training with its members.
Witness Relocation combines dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience.
Zoukak Theatre Company
We created Zoukak in 2006 from a need to develop a professional continuity for our theater practice, a belief in this practice as a political and social involvement and a faith in collectivity as a position against marginalizing systems.
The way we position ourselves outside the dominating political and social discourses in our context defines our political involvement as artists. An involvement that we strive to push beyond discourse through practical action within communities.
Amal Khouri and Lina Abyad
Lina Abyad is a Lebanese stage director. She has a Doctorate in Theater Studies, from Sorbonne Nouvelle, in France. She is an assistant professor of communication arts (theater) and fundamentals of oral communication at LAU–Beirut. She has been staging plays at LAU and in professional theaters. She has adapted and translated several plays to Arabic. She has directed different acting workshops in Beirut and the region.
Amahl Khouri is a Jordanian theatre maker and freelance writer with a degree in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University. She is a founding member of Beirut 8:30, a new theatre company based in Lebanon. Khouri studied acting with Jean Shelton and has worked with Lina Abyad, Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco and Bread & Puppet Theatre, among others. In 2012, Khouri wrote and performed I.D., a one person show about transgender people in Lebanon. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship from PEN USA and was member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab in 2013.