ASHTAR Theatre in Palestine

is creating young change makers with vision and social responsibility

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This donation will help us provide performances to marginalized communities throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. You will receive a shoutout on our Facebook and social media. Thank you for your support!




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About ASHTAR Theatre in Palestine

ASHTAR Theatre is a dynamic local Palestinian theatre and non-profit organization with a 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 Drama School 
- Provides theatre training to the young people in the West Bank and Gaza
- Offers a 3 to 4 year acting/drama training certificate programs for young people (ages 12-22)
- Provides (TOT) teachers and facilitators training
- Organizes ASHTAR International Youth Theatre Festival

Theatre of the Oppressed Program
- Translates and disseminates books of Augusto Boal into Arabic
- Provides TO training to local communities in Palestine and around the world
- Produces Forum Plays locally and tours with them locally and regionally 

ASHTAR Professional Ensemble 
-  Devises new plays with professional local artists (immersive, site-specific and interactive theatre productions)
- Produces local and international co-productions 
- Tours locally, regionally, and internationally 
- 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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