Meta

Launched in 2011The Middle East Theatre Academy (META) is a first-of-its-kind academy designed to introduce, influence, and nurture the youth of the region in the art of theatre, stage performance and related education. The non-profit Academy offers a range of creative opportunities for young, emerging artists throughout the Middle East, with a special focus on motivating underprivileged youth, by facilitating workshops, master classes and special events. Led by industry professionals in every facet of theatre and stagecraft, participants gain insight in the areas of performance, directing, writing, producing, stage management, lighting, set design, costumes, and makeup application. Emerging artists and students, who may not otherwise be afforded the opportunity due to their social, global, or otherwise economic circumstances, will have a chance to discover important life skills, develop a passion and create a path for achievement.

Home Grown

On January 25, 2015, META launched its inaugural project, ‘Home Grown’, discovering and celebrating the artistic talent that saturates the youth of the Middle East, a community consisting of over 200 different nationalities and cultures. This unique philanthropic programme offered 34 talented youth across the region a once-in-a -lifetime, expense-free opportunity, to realize their potential in the areas of art, theatre and music. The intensive two week theatre training programme, which took place for the first time in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE, culminated in the production of ‘Dhow Under the Sun’, a play in Arabic and English, which publicly premiered to local guests in support of the inspirational initiative.

Dhow Under the Sun
by
Hassan Abdulrazzak

"Do you want to play safe or do you want be happy?"

The city of Dahab and surrounding areas have been hit by a devastating flood. Many people have sought refuge in Dhow Camp. There, Ghalia, a gifted young engineer is trying to build a powerful solar panel with the help of Anis, an enterprising cigarette seller. "Dhow Under the Sun", is a touching story that sheds light on current social and environmental issues of the Arab world and proves leadership and innovation are the key to its future. It is a story full of humour and romance, and about the agonies and rewards of pursuing your dreams.



Cast


  • Abduljabbar Alsuhili
    Age: 25
    Country: Yemen
    Character: Bassam

  • Ahmad Al-Tamimi
    Age: 25
    Country: KSA
    Character: Abu Duma

  • Alaa Masri Zadh
    Age: 24
    Country: Syria
    Character: Ghalia

  • Alhasan Yousef
    Age: 23
    Country: Syria
    Character: Badha

  • Amina Adel Mohamed
    Age: 19
    Country: Egypt
    Character: Um Sawsan

  • Beyan Avci
    Age: 23
    Country: Iraq
    Character: Azalea

  • Bilal Berakdar
    Age: 25
    Country: Syria
    Character: Yaser

  • Cyril Kokozaki
    Age: 25
    Country: Lebanon
    Character: Anis

  • Dalia Shawky
    Age: 21
    Country: Egypt
    Character: Alia

  • Duna Fakhouri
    Age: 23
    Country: Jordan
    Character: Duna

  • Ebrahim Al Hajaj
    Age: 21
    Country: KSA
    Character: Abdullah

  • Hala Albassar
    Age: 25
    Country: Syria
    Character: Nada

  • Hamzeh Shaker
    Age: 19
    Country: Jordan
    Character: Bandar

  • Haydi Koussa
    Age: 25
    Country: Egypt
    Character: Laila

  • Hossam Soliman
    Age: 22
    Country: Egypt
    Character: Hazim

  • Laila Laila
    Age: 20
    Country: Syria
    Character: Yala

  • Lama Al-Amine
    Age: 25
    Country: Lebanon
    Character: Soha

  • Lea Hariri
    Age: 22
    Country: Iraq
    Character: Tina

  • May Fady Adra
    Age: 22
    Country: Lebanon
    Character: Fairuz

  • Meera Al Midfa
    Age: 24
    Country: UAE
    Character: Dr. Cecilia

  • Mohamad Alrefai
    Age: 25
    Country: Syria
    Character: Abu Dahia

  • Mohamed Habib
    Age: 21
    Country: Egypt
    Character: Ghareeb

  • Mona Ragab
    Age: 23
    Country: Egypt
    Character: Manal

  • Muna El-Basha
    Age: 18
    Country: Palestine
    Character: Lana

  • Nada Mahfoud
    Age: 24
    Country: Syria
    Character: Zeina

  • Nairuz Al Ajlouni
    Age: 21
    Country: Jordan
    Character: Rami

  • Nour Eddine Kahil
    Age: 22
    Country: Algeria
    Character: Sam

  • Nour Hossini
    Age: 22
    Country: Syria
    Character: Mounis

  • Rabee' Mahmood
    Age: 21
    Country: Palestine
    Character: Taisar

  • Rashed Alnuaimi
    Age: 22
    Country: UAE
    Character: Mohamed

  • Rawan Naser Musleh
    Age: 23
    Country: Palestine
    Character: Sara

  • Raya Khatib
    Age: 23
    Country: Jordan
    Character: Karma

  • Walid Saliba
    Age: 21
    Country: Lebanon
    Character: Farhan

  • Zyne El Abidine Mastouri
    Age: 23
    Country: Tunisia
    Character: Abu Assad