Meet ISPA's 2015 Regional (Middle East & Northern Africa) Fellowship Program participant Lucien Bourjeily!
Theatre & Film Director
Lucien Bourjeily is a director of both theater and film. His extensive work in both mediums has traveled the worldwide festival circuits and won him many awards of which the YCE international British Council award in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2009. In 2012, he brought his progressive approach to theatre to London's LIFT Festival in with his hard-hitting immersive play "66 Minutes in Damascus" which was chosen as one of 10 plays in the world that “rethink the stage” by the Huffington Post. He was concurrently nominated by CNN as one of 8 leading cultural lights from Lebanon’s contemporary arts scene that are making an impact in Lebanon and internationally.
For his activism against censorship on the arts in Lebanon, he was nominated for the 2014 “Freedom of Expression” award held annually at the Barbican Center in London by Index on Censorship.
His latest work Love and War on the Rooftop, which is a play that unites former militiamen from two sides of Lebanese conflict, successfully premiered in June, 2015. In collaboration with Lebanese NGO March that has worked on conflict resolution projects among local youth, Lucien recruited local youth who have never stood on a stage before as actors and provided theater classes for this play. The play was featured in The Guardian.