Betty Shamieh

Betty Shamieh is the author of fifteen plays. Shamieh was awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art. Her Off-Broadway premieres are "The Black Eyed" (New York Theatre Workshop, Director: Sam Gold), and "Roar" (The New Group, Director Marion McClinton). "Roar" is currently being taught at universities throughout the United States. "Fit for a Queen" had its world premiere at the Classical Theatre of Harlem in 2016. "The Machine" (Director: Marisa Tomei) was produced by Naked Angels at the Duke Theatre. Her European productions in translation include "Again and Against" (Playhouse Theater, Stockholm), "The Black Eyed" (Fournos Theatre, Athens), and "Territories" (a co-production of the Landes Theatre and the 2009 European Union Capital of Culture Festival). A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, she was selected as a Clifton Visiting Artist at Harvard College and a Playwriting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Shamieh was named a UNESCO Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue in 2011. Her works have been translated into seven languages.

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Betty Shamieh on “The Strangest” and Theater’s Survival

"We have so much good T.V. out there that if you’re not telling something that is uniquely theatrical, there’s no real reason to work in the theater. We can watch eight episodes of your favorite Netflix show, so I think if theater is going to survive, it’s going to have to be more of what it is." - Betty Shamieh