Dublin Theatre Festival


Laila Soliman

Laila Hassan Soliman is a young Egyptian emerging theatre director, who is most interested in an independent, socially and politically aware theatre, and also in the role of art as a tool that can empower the individual and bring out modes of expression that are neglected and otherwise stifled.

Soliman was born in Cairo in 1981. After having obtained a BA in Theatre with high honors from the American University in Cairo she directed Naomi Wallace’s Retreating World and Ghorba, images of alienation a piece written by the group. She is a founding member of the Cairo to Camps, an empowerment project, revolving around arts’ workshops, with Palestinian refugees residing in Lebanon. The project also includes raising awareness and solidarity in Egypt about the issue of Palestinian refugees.
She works actively as a film costume designer, having participated in major and independent Egyptian films since 2001, alongside her theatre career. Laila is the recipient of several grants and awards, including US leadership grant in art management, the Royal Court Theatre International residency for emerging playwrights. Her play Egyptian Products has had staged readings at the Royal Court Theatre in London in Masrah Elmadina in Beirut. Currently she is preparing to direct her third play Fi khedmet elsha’b.


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