Biographies

Abdullah Al Kafri
Abdullah Al Kafri is a playwright and cultural activist who has participated in several workshops, such as the 18th International Emerging Playwrights Workshop at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He works as a cultural trainer with many organisations, such as Al Mawred Al Thaqafy. 
He has taken part in a range of workshops focusing on writing, particularly for theatre, organised by both Syrian and international organisations. He also organised “Miniatures: a month for Syria”, in collaboration with Shams Association in April 2013, and “Agora: Platform for Theatre Labs”, in collaboration with Hanane Hajj Ali in January 2014.
He published and directed his play “Mrs Ghada’s Pain Threshold” in Beirut, and was a member of the selection committee for “Contemporary Arab Dramaturgy,” organized by IEVP in 2012, in which he was entrusted with the task of selecting 9 Arab texts to be published in French. He also took part in a project entitled “An Enemy of the People and Pillars of Society: the tragedy of the individual”, produced by the Ibsen Conference in collaboration with Zoukak Theatre Company in Norway, 2014.
Abdullah was awarded first place in the 19th ‘Mohammad Teymour Competition for Theatrical Creativity’ for his text “Damascus-Aleppo”, which was also shortlisted as a finalist in the BBC competition for Best Translated Work in 2008. He is a founding member and executive manager of Ettijahat. Independent Culture, and graduated in Theatrical Studies from the High Institute of Dramatic Arts, Damascus, in 2004. He is currently a master’s student at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, studying Theatre.

Jon Davis
Jon Davis has work as Producer at LIFT since September 2011 with the responsibility for year round research and development and producing festival presentations and new commissions. Jon has delivered a wide range of projects including large scale, site specific performances, multi-disciplinary projects and theatrical productions with various partners including the Barbican Centre, Royal Academy of Arts, Southbank Centre and British Council. Key works includes producing ‘After a War’, 16 new commissions by international artists presented over a weekend at Battersea Arts Centre in June 2014, and an independent project ‘Syria in Transit’, a collaboration with the Turkish photographer Kemal Vural Tarlan creating a photography, sound and video exhibition documenting the stories of Syria refugees travelling to Turkey and the UK.

Jonathan May
Jonathan May has been creating cultural activities and events now for a little over a decade, working across theatre, photography, installation and digital contexts, creating and producing work for British Council, LIFT, Whitechapel Gallery and the Yard. Currently he is working full-time as an arts programmer for the British Council, collaborating with artists, makers and technologists to create international and cross-disciplinary collaborations in Syria, South Asia and the Americas. He is a Trustee of the Live Art Development Agency and sits on the Digital Board of LIFT.  Jonathan also curates and presents the radio programme International Airspace on London Fields Radio, when he has a second or two.

Moez Mrabet
Moez Mrabet is Director of the Hammamet International Culture Centre, and Hammamet Festival. He is a theatre director, teacher and researcher at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Tunis, founder of Association L’Art Vivant and president of the Tunisian Association of Graduates from the Higher Institutes of Dramatic Art. In 2013 Moez was awarded the British Council accolade of MENA Cultural Innovator and has recently conceived and directed ‘Lampedusa Mirror’, a theatre coproduction with Teatro dell’Argine (Bologna) revealing the voices of illegal migrants who traveled from Tunisia to Italy.