Director | Playwright | Screenwriter

KAREEM FAHMY is a Canadian-born, New York-based theatre director, playwright, and screenwriter. He was a a 2021 Literature Resident at Yaddo as well as a 20-21 TCG Rising Leader of Color. 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. He is currently a member of the WarnerMedia Access Writers Program and is a commissioned playwright at three theatres. Kareem is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark. Member: SDC.

JULY, 2021 – MARCH, 2022











OCTOBER 12-17, 2021

DO YOU FEEL ANGER? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg

Pace School of Performing Arts 


APRIL 1-16, 2022

FIREFLIES by Matthew Barber

Pioneer Theatre Company










MAY 8, 2021


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley 






JUNE, 2020 — JUNE 2021



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

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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.

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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 television pilot. This program aims to amplify under-represented voices in the world of TV writing. 

Do You Feel Anger?

In this dazzling dark comedy, Sofia is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency — and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment,their seemingly blithe workplace culture become increasingly unsettling.

Justice Nnanna & Sammy Noor in The Triumphant