Andrea Assaf is a performer, writer, theatre director, and cultural organizer. The founding Artistic and Executive Director of Art2Action Inc., she is also a consultant with Equity Quotient (EQ). Through her work as the artistic leader of “THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern and Muslim Artists” series in partnership with the University of South Florida, she has been an Artist-in-Residence at the USF School of Theatre and Dance since 2014. Andrea’s original work, Eleven Reflections on September, has been featured at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) as part of the CAATA National Asian American Theatre Festival, La MaMa, The Apollo Theatre, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and internationally. Other original works include Outside the Circle (with Samuel Valdez), and Fronteras Desviadas/Deviant Borders with Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro. Directing credits include Speed Killed My Cousin by Linda Parris-Bailey (The Carpetbag Theater), breaking letter(s) by Suhier Hammad, and more. Andrea is also a facilitator of community-based arts, and has created several devised works through a unique community co-creation process. Awards include: 2017 Finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, 2011 NPN Creation Fund commission, 2010 Princess Grace/Gant Gaither Theatre Award for Directing, and 2007 Hedgebrook Residency for "women authoring change." Andrea has a Master’s degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in Acting, both from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is a former Artistic Director of New WORLD Theater (2004-09) and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04). She served as a member of the Women Playwrights International (WPI) conference Steering Committee (2012-15). She currently serves on the Board of the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists (CAATA), is a voting member of Alternate ROOTS, and a member of RAWI, the Radius of Arab American Writers.
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