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Nabil Al Raee

Pioneering director and actor in Palestinian theatre and cultural resistance.

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Date of Birth:


Al-Arroub refugee camp, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Nabil Al Raee has been pivotal in developing Palestinian theater and cultural expression through his work at the Freedom Theatre, especially under challenging conditions of occupation. His efforts have brought international recognition to Palestinian cultural resistance.

Brief bio

Nabil Al Raee is an influential Palestinian director and actor known for his significant contributions to theater in Palestine. He joined the Freedom Theatre in 2007 and became its Artistic Director, continuing the vision of its co-founder Juliano Mer-Khamis. Al Raee has directed numerous notable productions, and his work is recognized globally.

Major Milestones


  • Joined Theatre Day Productions in the 1990s and traveled to Tunisia and Europe.

  • Joined the Freedom Theatre in 2007 as a trainer.

  • Became the Artistic Director of the Freedom Theatre after the assassination of Juliano Mer Khamis in 2011.

  • Directed "The Siege," which premiered in Jenin on 3 April 2015.

  • Led the Freedom Theatre's first tour of the UK, which started in Manchester on 13 May 2015.

  • Directed the Freedom Theatre's first production in 2006...See More

  • Developed a pedagogy of theatre under occupation...See More

  • Directed "The Journey," portraying the experiences of young Palestinians...See More

  • International tours with the Freedom Theatre, including to India and the United States...See More

  • Collaborative projects with international artists, like the theatre production in Pakistan.

  • Acted in the film "200 Meters" (2020).

  • Appeared in "The Teacher" (2023), a drama film by British-Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsi.

  • Played a role in "The Idol" (2015), a Palestinian drama film directed by Hany Abu-Assad.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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