Kareem Fahmy

KAREEM FAHMY is a Canadian-born director, playwright, and screenwriter of Egyptian descent. He has directed a number of world premiere productions including James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times Top 5 Must-See Shows), Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Sheen Center, New York Times Critics’ Pick), Bess Welden’s Refuge*Malja (Portland Stage), Adam Kraar’s Alternating Currents (Working Theater), Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage), and Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre, also co-creator).

His plays, which include Dodi & DianaAmerican FastA Distinct SocietyThe Triumphant, Pareidolia, The In-Between, and an adaptation of the acclaimed Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building have been developed or presented at The Atlantic Theater Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Northlight Theatre, New York Stage & Film, Target Margin Theater, The Lark, Capital Repertory Theatre, Fault Line Theater, and Noor Theater.


Kareem has been a fellow or resident artist at the Sundance Theatre Lab, Corporation of Yaddo, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Directing Fellow), Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (National Directors Fellow), TCG (Rising Leaders of Color), Second Stage (Van Lier Directing Fellow), Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), Lincoln Center (Directors Lab), The New Museum (Artist-in-Residence), and New York Theater Workshop (Emerging Artist Fellow & Usual Suspect).


He has developed and directed plays at theaters around the country, including MCC, The Atlantic, The New Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, The Civilians, Geva Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Berkeley Rep. He is a founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. MFA: Columbia University.

Kareem lives in New York City with his husband, acclaimed fiction writer John McManus.

I am convinced that Kareem Fahmy will go on to make a significant contribution to the field of theatre in our time. His work is an inspiration to many: bold, innovative, passionate and full of discovery and insight. He is not afraid to speak the truth.

Anne Bogart

Photo by Jonathan Pozniak