Lameece Issaq, Artistic Director
By admin | Published: May 12, 2010
As an actor and writer, Lameece has worked continuously in the New York theater community, collaborating with a pool of Middle-Eastern directors, actors, playwrights and comics. In 2004, she was asked to perform in the New York Arab American Comedy Festival; the next year, she wrote her first short play, A Date, which premiered at the festival to audience raves. She continued to perform and write short sketches which were produced not only at the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, but also in Dearborn’s Arab-American Comedy Show as well as the Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in Los Angeles. She has been developing her first full length play, Food and Fadwa with fellow Arab-American artist, Jacob Kader, and New York Theatre Workshop (where she is a Usual Suspect). NYTW has produced several readings, and invited them to a Summer Residency Artist Program, at Vasser College in 2008 and another Dartmouth in 2009. Following Dartmouth, director Lisa Peterson commissioned Lameece to write a short Middle Eastern-focused play for a compilation play called Motherhood Outloud; the piece, called Nooha’s List, premiered at Hartford Stage in March 2010, the Geffen Playhouse in February 2011 and will be at Primary Stages in the fall of this year. As an actor, Lameece has been fortunate to work with directors Daniel Sullivan, Jo Bonney, Sam Gold, Johanna McKeon, and Shana Gold. In August 2008, Lameece spent two weeks acting in a developmental workshop of Aftermath, directed by Jessica Blank. Acting credits include: Stuff Happens (Public Theater, Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble); The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop); Fever Chart (Public Theatre); Girl Blog From Iraq: Baghdad Burning (Barrow Street/Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Stage Theater Award Nomination, Outstanding Ensemble); The Dinosaur Within (State Theater; Austin Circle of Critics Nomination); Seven Deadly Sins (Hyde Park Theater; Austin Circle of Critics Award.) MFA, University of Texas, Austin 2001.
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