Director | Playwright | Screenwriter
Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born, New York-based theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, cultural consultant, and advocate. He was a 2020 TCG Rising Leader of Color and is 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.
JULY, 2021 – MARCH, 2022
WARNERMEDIA ACCESS WRITERS PROGRAM
FIREFLIES by Matthew Barber
Pioneer Theatre Company
MAY 8, 2021
A DISTINCT SOCIETY
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
MAY 12, 2021
A DISTINCT SOCIETY
A Distinct Society comes to my home country of Canada with this virtual reading as part of Citadel Theatre's Collider Festival of New plays, featuring an all-Canadian cast.
JUNE, 2020 — JUNE 2021
TCG RISING LEADER OF COLOR
THE BIPOC DIRECTOR DATABASE
PRAISE FOR 'A DISTINCT SOCIETY'
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-Finalist: Premiere Stages New Play Festival
Part of New York Stage & Film's Winter Season
A Distinct Society was part of regional Tony Award-Winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's New Works Festival. The virtual reading was directed by Giovanna Sardelli.
Kareem was a 2020 TCG Rising Leader of Color, participating in a yearlong program aimed at transforming the national theatre field into a more equitable, inclusive and diverse community.
My mainstage directing debut at Pioneer: Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister lives a quiet life alone in tiny Groverdell, TX, and is set in her routine, and secure in her position as the town’s most respected woman. A hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter intent on renovating Eleanor’s house, and possibly her life. A well-told story of tentative, late-life love.
Selected out of 3000 applicants, I'm thrilled to be a part of the 21-22 cohort of the WarnerMedia Access Writers Program, where I'll be developing a new TV pilot. This program aims to amplify under-represented voices in the world of TV writing.
AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE
THE SANCTUARY FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA
Justice Nnanna & Sammy Noor in The Triumphant