Kareem Fahmy

Kareem Fahmy

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director and playwright 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 (...
Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director and playwright 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). Kareem’s plays, which include A DISTINCT SOCIETY, THE 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, Target Margin Theater, The Lark, Fault Line Theater, and Noor Theater. He has been a fellow or resident artist at the Sundance Theatre Lab, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Directing Fellow), Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (National Directors Fellow), 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 new plays at theaters around the country, including MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, The Civilians, Geva Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Berkeley Rep. Kareem is the co-founder of the Middle Eastern American Playwrights Lab at The Lark and a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. MFA: Columbia University.

Plays

  • A Distinct Society
    A quiet library that straddles the border of the U.S. and Canada becomes an unlikely crucible for five people from around the world. When an Iranian family, separated from one another by the "Muslim ban," use the library as a meeting place, the head librarian, a U.S. border patrol officer, and a local teenager have to choose between breaking the law and saving themselves.
  • The Yacoubian Building
    Based on the novel that became an international sensation, 'The Yacoubian Building' is set in Cairo, chronicling the lives of Egyptians of different religions, sexual orientations, and class backgrounds. The titular apartment block becomes a microcosm of an Egypt infested with corruption, discrimination, and despair. A love letter to the Middle East, the play conjures an Egypt before the Arab Spring,...
    Based on the novel that became an international sensation, 'The Yacoubian Building' is set in Cairo, chronicling the lives of Egyptians of different religions, sexual orientations, and class backgrounds. The titular apartment block becomes a microcosm of an Egypt infested with corruption, discrimination, and despair. A love letter to the Middle East, the play conjures an Egypt before the Arab Spring, still on the brink of change, deeply divided but full of hope.
  • The Triumphant
    Trapped in a prison, a group of gay men conjure the fantastical stories of Sindbad the Sailor as they await their uncertain future. Drawn both from interviews conducted with members of the LGBTQ community in Egypt and mythic stories of survival and bravery, 'The Triumphant' is about the resilience of the human spirit even in the face of the greatest adversities.
  • Pareidolia
    When Mal, an Egyptian-American personal trainer, and Adam, a Jewish investment banker, match on an online dating service, they form an immediate and intense bond. From the initial blush of flirtation, they gradually spiral into mistrust, secrecy and pain. Real-world and online identities become confused until nothing is what it seems. PAREIDOLIA is a darkly comic and terrifying look at intimacy, connection, and...
    When Mal, an Egyptian-American personal trainer, and Adam, a Jewish investment banker, match on an online dating service, they form an immediate and intense bond. From the initial blush of flirtation, they gradually spiral into mistrust, secrecy and pain. Real-world and online identities become confused until nothing is what it seems. PAREIDOLIA is a darkly comic and terrifying look at intimacy, connection, and disconnection in the modern age.
  • The In-Between
    Set in the midst of the Arab Spring and the world financial meltdown, THE IN-BETWEEN is a tense supernatural thriller about the oppositions that define our existence. When Nabil, an Egyptian revolutionary fleeing Cairo during the 2011 uprising, arrives in New York to stay with his American-born cousin Fatima, he is carrying with him a terrible and ancient secret. Fatima’s roommates, Parker and Benjamin, are a...
    Set in the midst of the Arab Spring and the world financial meltdown, THE IN-BETWEEN is a tense supernatural thriller about the oppositions that define our existence. When Nabil, an Egyptian revolutionary fleeing Cairo during the 2011 uprising, arrives in New York to stay with his American-born cousin Fatima, he is carrying with him a terrible and ancient secret. Fatima’s roommates, Parker and Benjamin, are a couple who have reached a threshold in their burgeoning relationship. Epsa, a young Muslim woman from Macedonia, gets drawn into Nabil’s inner turmoil. All five of these individuals become embroiled in the eternal conflict between light and dark where humankind is caught perilously in the middle.