NY based Performance artist Betty Shamieh in Minneapolis
Friday, October 20th
1011 Washington Avenue South , Minneapolis , MN
Shamieh is the author of fifteen plays. Her off-Broadway debut as a playwright was the 2004 New Group premiere of ROAR on Theatre Row, which was selected a New York Times Critics Pick for four consecutive weeks and published by Broadway Play Publishers.ROAR was directed by Tony-nominated Marion McClinton and starred Annabella Sciorra and Sarita Choudhury. THE BLACK EYED premiered at the Magic Theatre in May 2005. TERRITORIES was commissioned and optioned by Trinity Repertory Theatre. As an actress, Shamieh performed in her play of monologues CHOCOLATE IN HEAT at its sold out premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2001, two subsequent extended off-off Broadway runs, and at over twenty universities throughout the country. Shamieh received an Honorable Mention for her screenplay ANONYMOUS from the Third Annual Writers Network Competition and mentored many young writers as a screenwriting professor at Marymount Manhattan College . Her writings have appeared in American Theater magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, and Mizna. Shamieh's contributions to theatre and literature have not gone unnoticed. Her life and work has been the subject of features in the New York Times, Time Out New York , American Theatre magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune. A cartoon of ROAR appeared in the New Yorke';s Goings on about Town section. Shamieh has been awarded an NEA grant, Sundance Theatre Institute residency, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship, Ford Foundation grant, Yaddo residency, Arts International Grant, and Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio , Italy . She was selected as the 2004-05 Clifton Visiting Artist at Harvard University and is currently serving on the playwriting advisory board for the New York Foundation for the Arts.