AHMED EL ATTAR
Ahmed El Attar is an Egyptian independent theatre director, translator, playwright and cultural manager.
He is founder and General Manager of Studio Emad Eddin Foundation a unique project, offering rehearsals and training spaces to independent artists in the field of performing arts in Egypt. El Attar is also the founder and the artistic director of Orient Productions, the Temple Independent Theatre Company and the D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival). He is also the artistic director of the Falaki theatre in Cairo.
El Attar has a BA in Theatre from the American University in Cairo (1992) and an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (2001) and is a Chevening scholar and a Clore Leadership Programme alumni (UK- 2009), a CEC Artslink resident (USA – 2013) and a National Arts Strategies (NAS), Executive directors program Alumni (USA-2014/15).
His theatre work includes: Life is beautiful or waiting for my uncle from America (2000), Mother I want to be a millionaire (2004), F**k Darwin or how I have learned to love socialism (2007) and On the importance of being an Arab (2009) and has been performed in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, the United Kingdom and the UAE.
F**K Darwin or How I Have Learned to Love Socialism (2007) received the best actor’s award at the 22nd edition of the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre.
El Attar’s latest performance The Last Supper which he wrote and directed, deals with the apathy of the Egyptian bourgeoisie, which premiered in Cairo and Marseille in November 2014 and was performed in 2015, as part of the official selection of the 69th edition of the Avignon Festival and at the 44th edition of the Festival d’Automne in Paris and has been performed and scheduled to be performed in Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Germany and Hong Kong in 2016 and 2017.
El Attar was chosen by the Arabic edition of Newsweek (26/4/05) as one of 42 personalities who influence change in the Arab world.
In January 2010, El Attar received the prize for best theatre text from the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development for his play Life is beautiful or waiting for my uncle from America.
In November 2013, El Attar received the pioneers of Egypt award from Synergos foundation (USA).