Lina Abyad

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Personal information

Title: 
Stage Theatre Director, University Lecturer

Contact information (private)

Personal email address: 
lina.abyad28@gmail.com

Contact information (work)

Organization/Institution: 
Lebanese American University
Department: 
Communication Arts
City: 
Beirut
Country: 
Lebanon
Landline: 
961 1 786456 Ext. 1176
Work email address: 
lina.abyad@lau.edu.lb

Social Media

Skype: 
linaabyad

Education

Doctorate degree, Theatre, 1995, University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III, France.
Master's degree, Theatre, 1990, University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III, France.
Bachelor's degree, Psychology, 1981, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Areas of Expertise

Theatre
Public Speaking
Adaptation of Texts to Theatre
Languages: 
Arabic
English
French

Work history

Associate Professor, 2012-present, Communication Arts Department (Theatre), The Lebanese American University.

Honorary office and memberships

Co-founder of Beirut 8:30 (a theater company), 2011-present.

Head of the Jury for the Prize of Dr. Sheikh El-Sultan Bin Mohammad El-Qasimi, Festival du Théâtre Arabe, Rabat, 2015.

Productions

Publications highlights: 

Lina Abyad has directed more than 30 plays of which are the following:

  • Abyad, L. (Director). (2015). Alai' zayak fein ya Ali [where can I find someone like you Ali]. [Theatre play].
  • Abyad, L. (Director). (2014). Hayda mish film masri [this is not an Egyptian movie]. [Theatre play].
  • Abyad, L. (Director). (2012). Come back to bed love [Theater play].
  • Abyad, L. (Director). (2011). Al-dictator [The Dictator]. [Theater play].
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Speaker at the Global Shakespeare Workshop on Exploring Cross Gender Casting at the New York University-Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Abu Dhabi, 2014.
  • Speaker at the Global Shakespeare Workshop on Exploring Cross Gender Casting at the New York University-Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), Abu Dhabi, 2013.
  • Speaker at the 9th Women Playwright International Conference on reading of the play written by Abyad: Algerian Miniatures, Sweden, 2012.
  • Speaker at the Sharjah International Book Fair on the "Experience of the Pocket Theatre in Beirut, Damascus and Cairo", United Arab Emirates, 2011.

Awards and Distinctions

Received the "Prize of his Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi" for the "Dictator", as best theatrical work for the year 2013, Sharjah, 2013.

Received the Mellon Award by the American University of Beirut (AUB) for producing the play "Tea with Biscuits in Prison" - a collective creation, Beirut, 2011.