Betty Shamieh
Affiliated Writer
San Carlos, CA

Betty Shamieh’s plays have been translated into seven languages.  Her off-Broadway premieres are The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop) and Roar (The New Group).  Her European productions in translation include Again and Against (Playhouse Theater, Stockholm), The Black Eyed (Fournos Theatre, Athens), and Territories (European Union Capital of Culture Festival).  Shamieh performed in her play of monologues, Chocolate in Heat, in three off-off-Broadway runs.  A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, Shamieh was named a 2011 UNESCO Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue and a Playwriting Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.   She was selected as the winner of the 2012-2013 Playwrights' Center McKnight National Residency and Commission. 


Affiliated Writer Betty Shamieh has been named as a part of Noor Theatre's third cohort of Artists Advancing Cultural Change Cohort, along with writers Jacob Kader, Haleh Roshan, and Hadi Tabbal. This program commissions each artist to create work of their chosen medium in response to contemporary American culture through a Middle Eastern lens to illustrate the viewpoint of many diasporic communities, to drive cultural and narrative change in the United States, and to create a pipeline to share the commissioned works with mass audiences. Full release here.

Through HowlRound and the Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residency Program, Betty Shamieh will beThe Classical Theatre of Harlem's playwright in-residency.