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Maya Zbib

Maya Zbib

CLI Participant 2009

Beirut-born, Maya Zbib is a theatre / performance artist and a founding member of Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural association.

Maya Zbib acquired a BA in Theatre from the Institute of Fine Arts at The Lebanese University in 2003. Holding a KRSF/Chevening Scholarship, she pursued her MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2007. In 2011 she received a postgraduate diploma in International Cultural Cooperation and Management from the University of Barcelona.

Her performance work includes Telescope (2007), shown in London, Manchester, Istanbul, Alexandria, Barcelona and Nicosia, The Music Box (2008) a performance-installation visiting several houses around Lebanon, Jordan and soon on the Fringe of the Avignon Festival, France, and L, or a chronicle of swooning (2009) shown in Nicosia, Limassol and London.

In 2009, she directed two play-readings in I Come from Here, as part of a Royal Court/British Council project (Beirut/Tunisia).

Since 2008, she has been working with Zoukak in leading and executing a large number of artistic and development projects in several Lebanese regions and with various communities. She is currently employed as instructor of Acting and Dance at the Institute of Fine Arts atThe Lebanese University.

In 2009 she received a grant from the British Council to take part, as the Lebanese participant, in the Cultural Leadership International Programme. She is a fellowship recipient of ISPA, the International Society of Performing Arts in New York (2010). In June 2010, she was selected as the protégée of theatre and opera director Peter Sellars, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and has been accompanying Mr. Sellars on range of artistic activities throughout this mentoring year.

Her publications include: a collection of poetry, we are all one apple and two fishing rods (2000) and a performance text, The Music Box (2010).

Maya Zbib was one of the participants of the CLI Programme 2009