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Arab American Literature: Drama

This LibGuide highlights the works of Arab American authors.


This section covers drama works by Arab American playwrights and screenwriters.























Authors & Works

Leila Buck

Leila Buck is a Lebanese American playwright, actor, facilitator and educator who has lived, performed, and taught theatrical tools to youth, educators, aid workers, UN delegates and others across the U.S., Europe, China, Australia and 11 Arab countries.

Jamil Khoury

A playwright, essayist, filmmaker, and theater producer, Khoury’s work focuses on Middle Eastern themes and Diaspora communities. He is particularly interested in the intersections of culture, national identity, religion, and citizenship.

Yussef El Guindi

Born in Egypt, raised in London and now based in Seattle, Yussef El Guindi’s work frequently examines the collision of ethnicities, cultures and politics that face Arab-Americans and Muslim Americans.

Lameece Issaq

A Palestinian-American actor, voice over actor, writer and Founding Artistic Director of Obie Award-winning company, Noor Theatre, a company dedicated to the work of theater artists of Middle Eastern descent.

Jacob Kader

Jacob Kader is a producer, writer and director. He made his Off-Broadway debut as Co-Author of Food and Fadwa at New York Theater Workshop in 2012. The play has been translated into Arabic and has been produced or had a staged reading in Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Iowa, and Minneapolis.

Drama Works: 

Four Arab American Plays: Works by Leila Buck, Jamil Khoury, Yussef El Guindi, and Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader

Dina Amin

Dina Amin, MFA, PhD, Director of the Theatre Program, is a stage director and Associate Professor of Theater at the American University in Cairo, Department of the Arts. She was also an assistant professor of Theater at Villanova University and a visiting professor at Georgetown University. 

Drama Works:

Salaam. Peace: An Anthology of Middle Eastern-American Drama

Alfred Farag and Egyptian Theater: The Poetics of Disguise, with Four Short Plays and a Monologue

Samir Younis

A Lebanese-American actor and screenwriter known for being a writer for The Citizen (2012).

Drama Works:

The Citizen (2012)

WandaVision (2021)

24 (2001)

More Drama Works