Theatre Director & Playwright

Kareem Fahmy is a New York City-based theatre director, playwright, cultural consultant, and advocate. He is a 2020 TCG Rising Leader of Color and will be a 2021 Literature Resident at Yaddo. In 2019 he was a  Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow as well as the Phil Killian Directing Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was a 2017-2018 National Directors Fellow. Kareem is a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle Eastern and beyond, and the co-chair of the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark. Member: SDC.

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Kareem has been named a 2020 TCG Rising Leader of Color and will participate in a yearlong program aimed at transforming the national theatre field into a more equitable, inclusive and diverse community.

JUNE, 2020 — JUNE 2021


FEBRUARY 12–14, 2021

FURTHER THAN THE FURTHEST THING (NYU Graduate Acting Program, 3rd Year Production)

MARCH 3, 2021

PULP VÉRITÉ by Crystal Skillman (Playwrights Center, Minneapolis) 







Kareem's play A Distinct Society has received a number of accolades: 

  • Winner: Capital Rep Next Act! New Play Summit

  • Finalist: National New Play Network Showcase

  • Semi-Finalist: O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

  • Semi-Finalist: Bay Area Playwrights Festival

  • Semi-FinalistPremiere Stages New Play Festival

  • Part of New York Stage & Film's Winter Season

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Joy, an active member of the filmmaking collective Pulp Vérité, is captured and held overseas for four years. After being released from captivity, she returns to the United States to reunite with her friends and restart her life. But when the group realizes Joy has gathered them together for the impossible—to bring her sister who is still a captive with ISIS home—their strength as a collective, youthful ideology and commitment to the cause are shaken to the core. Online reading March 3rd at 7pm CST. Details here

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Kareem's directs Zinnie Harris' Further Than the Furthest Thing for NYU Graduate Acting Program. This socially distanced, masked performance will be be performed live, captured, edited, and available to stream for 72 hours, Feb 12–14. Details here 

Leila Buck & Babak Tafti in The In-Between

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