Director | Playwright | Screenwriter
His work as a director and playwright have been seen at theatres across the U.S. and Canada. He founded the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab, and created the BIPOC Director Database which can be accessed HERE. To read the American Theatre article about the Database, click HERE.
He's received playwriting commissions from Colt Coeur, Artists Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation, and is the inaugural recipient of The Next Forever Commission from The Civilians & Princeton University. He was awarded the 2022 Woodward/Newman Playwriting Award for American Fast.
Kareem is a proud member of SDC.
Kareem is a Canadian-born, New York-based theatre director, playwright, and screenwriter.
He's received fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, Sundance Theatre Lab, the Hermitage Retreat, Stratford Festival, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Fellowship), New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage, and The O'Neill (National Directors Fellowship). He was named a TCG "Rising Leader of Color."
THE NEXT FOREVER COMMISSION with
THE CIVILIANS and PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
I'm honored to be one of the inaugural recipients of The Next Forever Commission, a program that will explore how dynamic storytelling can engage vital environmental subjects and provide the vision and inspiration society needs to navigate the challenges of our planet’s future. I'll be developing my new play Riparian States. Learn more.
SANCTUARY CITY at CINCINNATI PLAYHOUSE
SEPT 22 to OCT 22: I directed Pulitzer Prize Winner Martyna Majok's stirring play about undocumented immigrants. Take a peek inside the production here.
SEPT 25 to OCT 14: I was honored to have been invited to the Stratford Festival's annual Playwright's Retreat. I'll be working on my newest play, Fountains of Youth, which is being supported by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
The '22-'23 theatre season featured:
World Premieres of three of my plays.
Eight productions of my plays nationwide.
My debut production as a playwright in New York City.
My Chicago debut as both director and playwright.
DODI & DIANA
New York City | OCT 1-29, 2022 | World Premiere
COLT COEUR | directed by ADRIENNE CAMPBELL-HOLT
Portland, OR | JAN 3-29, 2023 | Rolling World Premiere
ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE | directed by CHIP MILLER
Bloomington, IN | MAR 2-APR 8, 2023
CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN | directed by REENA DUTT
Pittsburgh, PA | APR 29-MAY 21, 2023 | Rolling World Premiere
CITY THEATRE | directed by JENNIFER CHANG
Philadelphia, PA | Jun. 2-25, 2023 | Rolling World Premiere
INTERACT THEATRE | directed by SETH ROZIN
A DISTINCT SOCIETY
Salt Lake City, UT | JAN 27-FEB 11, 2023 | Co-World Premiere
PIONEER THEATRE | directed by GIOVANNA SARDELLI
Palo Alto, CA | APR 5-30, 2023 | Co-World Premiere
THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY | directed by GIOVANNA SARDELLI
Glencoe, IL | JUN 22-JUL 23, 2023 | Midwest Premiere
WRITERS THEATRE | directed by KAREEM FAHMY
A husband and wife travel to Paris to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, unearthing an uncanny connection to the star-crossed lovers that will alter the trajectory of their marriage.
Twenty-one-year-old college basketball sensation Khady Salama makes it to March Madness, only to become a flashpoint of controversy when she lies about observing the Muslim fast while competing in the tournament.
A sleepy library that straddles the U.S./Canada border becomes an unlikely crucible for five people from around the world when families separated by the “Muslim ban” begin using the library as a meeting place.
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