Ahmed El Attar
Ahmed El Attar is an Egyptian independent theatre director, translator, playwright and cultural manager. He is the founder and general manager of Studio Emad Eddin Foundation as well as the founder and artistic director of Orient Productions, the Temple Independent Theatre Company and Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF). He is also the artistic director of Falaki Theatre in Cairo.
A graduate of the American University in Cairo, his various theatre works have 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 and his latest play ‘The Last Supper’ is in the official selection of the 69th edition of the Avignon International Theatre Festival (2015) and the Festival D’Automne in Paris (2015) making it the first Egyptian play ever to be programmed in both festivals.
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 2013 he received the pioneers of Egypt award from Synergos Foundation (USA).