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Iman Aoun

Pioneering Palestinian theatre director, actress

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Why Featured?

Iman Aoun is renowned for her extensive work in theatre as an actor, director, dramaturg, and co-founder of the ASHTAR Theatre in Jerusalem. She is celebrated for her contributions to the arts, particularly in the context of Palestinian cultural and social challenges.

Brief bio

Iman Aoun has an impressive record in theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes. She was a member of the El-Hakawati theatre in the 1980s and co-founded ASHTAR Theatre in 1991. Aoun is known for her work with the Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and has been involved in several international projects promoting Palestinian culture and addressing social issues.

Major Milestones


  • Membership in El-Hakawati theatre, Jerusalem (1980s).

  • Co-founding ASHTAR for Theatre Productions and Training, Jerusalem (1991).

  • Development of The Gaza Mono-Logues (2010)...See More

  • Production and performance in Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Globe to Globe Festival (2012).

  • Initiating the international call "The Syrian Monologues" (2015-2016).

  • The Gaza Mono-Logues - Directing and scripting performances based on children's experiences in Gaza...See More

  • Theatre of the Oppressed techniques - Specialization and implementation in ASHTAR's international repertoire.

  • 100 artists for Palestine project (2003) - Initiative to promote Palestinian art and culture.

  • “One Billion Rising” in Palestine (2014 – 2016) - Coordination of a global call to end violence against women and girls.

  • Continuing mixed gender theatre in Gaza - Mentoring and directing young artists in Gaza despite social and political challenges

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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