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 Artists Repertory Theatre, Colt Coeur, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Kareem is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark. Member: SDC.

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

DECEMBER 10-12, 2021

QUALITY CELLULAR by Alex Riad

The Juilliard School/Signature Theatre

Part of the Houghton Festival Readings. During the height of the Great Recession in 2009, an Egyptian-American teenager is forced to work in his divorced parents’ failing cell phone shop the summer before college, coming of age as he sees the troublesome sides of his immigrant father, single mother, and their degenerate employees. [TICKETS]

JANUARY 2022

PULP VÉRITÉ by Crystal Skillman

The Playwrights Center

A Core Member Workshop. 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. 
 

APRIL 1-16, 2022

FIREFLIES by Matthew Barber

Pioneer Theatre Company

My main stage directing debut at Pioneer

 

JULY 2022

THE FIFTH DOMAIN by Victor Lesniewski

Contemporary American Theatre Festival

An exciting world premiere

 

 

 

OCTOBER 12-17, 2021

DO YOU FEEL ANGER? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg

Pace School of Performing Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


JULY, 2021 – MARCH, 2022

WARNERMEDIA ACCESS WRITERS PROGRAM

CURRENT PLAYWRITING COMMISSIONS

ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE — Portland, OR 

American Fast

COLT COEUR — NYC 

Dodi & Diana

ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE/SLOAN COMMISSION

Riparian States

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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. [TICKETS]

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Removed from his position at the National Security Agency, Troy latches onto a new opportunity – one he can’t refuse. But his eagerness blinds him to the calculated and unintended repercussions of cyberwar. Is cyberspace the battlefield of the future? Does our nation’s security depend on recognizing this threat? This slick thriller reflects on patriotism and government accountability in our digital age.

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.

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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. 

Justice Nnanna & Sammy Noor in The Triumphant