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

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APRIL, 2022

FIREFLIES by Matthew Barber

Pioneer Theatre Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 8, 2021

A DISTINCT SOCIETY 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 12, 2021

A DISTINCT SOCIETY 

Citadel Theatre

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

 

Kareem created the BIPOC Director Database which can be accessed HERE. To read the American Theatre article about the Database, click HERE.

WINTER/SPRING, 2020

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-FinalistPremiere Stages New Play Festival

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

Justice Nnanna & Sammy Noor in The Triumphant