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Adel Tartir

Pioneer of Palestinian Theatrical Movement

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Date of Birth:



Ramallah, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Adel Tartir is celebrated for his significant contributions to the Palestinian theatrical movement, particularly for co-founding influential theatre groups and for his innovative work in monodrama.

Brief bio

Adel Tartir, also known as Abu El-Ajab, is a prominent figure in Palestinian theater. Born in Ramallah and originally from Lod, Tartir has played a pivotal role in shaping Palestinian theatre. His contributions include co-founding the Balalin Group and Sandouq El-Ajab Theatre, and he remains active in the theater to this day. His work has been instrumental in documenting and reflecting on the history and evolution of Palestinian theatre over the past 50 years.

Major Milestones


  • Co-founding Balalin Group in 1970.

  • Establishing Sandouq El-Ajab Theatre in 1975...See More

  • Writing, acting, and directing the first Palestinian monodrama "Ras Roos" in 1980...See More

  • Participating in various theatrical events and festivals throughout his career.

  • Continuously contributing to the Palestinian theatrical movement until the present day.

  1. Pioneering the Palestinian monodrama with the play "Ras Roos."

  2. Founding the first independent theatre groups in Palestine.

  3. Being an active and influential figure in Palestinian theatre for over 50 years.

  4. Creating works that address the challenges and realities of Palestinian life.

  5. Mentoring and inspiring younger generations in the field of theatre.

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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