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Speaker | Sulayman Al Bassam
SPEAKER | Sulayman Al Bassam

The Culture of Innovation


Sulayman Al Bassam, speaker at The Culture of Innovation, ISPA's 65th Annual Congress, in New York City on January 15-17, 2013. View the full Schedule of Events.

Sulayman Al BassamSulayman Al Bassam

Kuwait-born writer/director Sulayman Al Bassam founded Zaoum Theatre in London in 1996 and SABAB Theatre, the company’s Arabic arm, in 2002. His produces work in English and Arabic and his plays have been published in various languages. Study of his work forms part of higher education curriculae at universities in the USA and the Middle East.

Productions include: In the Eruptive Mode; The Speaker’s Progress; Richard III – An Arab Tragedy (RSC Complete Works Festival and world tour); The Mirror For Princes: Kalila Wa Dimna (Barbican BITE ’06 UK, Tokyo International Arts Festival Japan, Dar al Athar Kuwait); The Al-Hamlet Summit (Tokyo International Arts Festival Japan and world tour).

Future projects include The Lamentation for the Destruction of Ur at the Louvre Museum, Paris and a new play The Petrol Station. In 2013, Sulayman will direct Ritual for a Metamorphosis by Saadallah Al Wannous for La Comedie Francaise, Paris, and Théâtre du Gymnase, Marseille.