Sharif Abdunnur is a writer, director, teacher and counsellor. During his MFA and my MA he continuously signed up for intense workshops and certificates and diplomas in programmes in various academies and companies around the world. He holds many writing and directorial credits and has written and staged a number of his own plays. A Lecturer at the Fine Arts and Art history Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB), he is teaching various humanities and theatre courses. Sharif is the founder and director of Masrah Al Arab, and directs, writes, produces, acts, and designs many productions and projects each year. He also offers various workshops in all fields of the performing arts and sports education while concentrating much of his time on community work in particular with Palestinian Refugee Camps.
Jennifer Hartley went on to study direction and acting after completing a degree in English Literature and Linguistics. After a number of directing theatre ventures in the UK and abroad she began working in Paraguay where she founded a theatre group producing & directing musicals, dramatic work & children’s theatre in Spanish & English. In addition Jennifer taught theatre to various groups focusing on drama theory, therapy and practice. This has led to a number of studies, most notably, a highly polemic doctoral thesis on the effect of oppression on creativity entitled Oppression as a Stimulus for Change. Other publications and works include plays, academic articles, a book of poetry and short stories. Jennifer is currently working on various theatre projects both community and therapy based, from which new writing is being developed. After a number of years teaching and lecturing in Theatre and drama at secondary and tertiary level, Jennifer is now dedicating her time to writing & therapy based theatre.
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