ASHTAR Theatre in Palestine

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About ASHTAR Theatre in Palestine

ASHTAR Theatre is a dynamic local Palestinian theatre and non-profit organization with a truly progressive global perspective. We view theatre as a tool to free society, ignite awareness, create internal individual freedom, and invest in culture as a generator for social change and political liberation.

Established in 1991 in Jerusalem as the first theatre training organization for youth in Palestine, by two prominent Palestinian actors, Edward Muallem and Iman Aoun, ASHTAR promotes creativity and commitment to change through a combination of performances, workshops and rigorous acting training programs for youth.

Our scope of work covers the West Bank and Gaza Strip. ASHTAR offers intensive theatre training programs for local students throughout the year, often resulting in performances on stage, but also equipping young Palestinians with essential skills that go beyond acting: An increased level of self-awareness and confidence, leadership, communication and teamwork skills. If an audience is unable to come to our main location in Ramallah, we move our stage to these often remote areas to include everyone.

Our Work at a Glance:

ASHTAR Theatre School 
- Provides theatre training to the young people in the West Bank and Gaza
- Offers a 3 to 5 year acting/drama training certificate programs for young people (ages 12-22)
- Provides teacher (TOT) and facilitator training
- Produces the ASHTAR International Youth Theatre Festival

Theater of the Oppressed Training
- Translates and disseminates the books of Boal into Arabic
- Provides theatre training to local communities in the West Bank and Gaza
- Produces and tours Forum plays locally and regionally 
- Conducts the International Theater of the Oppressed Festival every other year.

ASHTAR Ensemble Plays/Professional Touring Company 
- Local and international co-productions 
- Local, regional, and international touring 
- Devises new plays (immersive and site-specific theatre productions) with professional local artists
- Conducts masterclasses  

ASHTAR's Mission 
- To help create a free and innovative individual
- To make theater a fundamental need within Palestinian society
- To arouse the artistic sensibility and taste of young people
- To give voice to the community and stimulate their critical eye
- To build cultural bridges with the theater world

Gaza Monologues
Oranges and Stones 
ASHTAR Teacher Training Programs

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