New Perspectives on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
    • About:

      Naila al-Atrash is Visiting Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. A noted director, film, television and theater actress, acting teacher, and theater scholar, she has directed over 40 major productions in the Arab World, Europe, Africa, and the U.S. Previously she served as head of the acting program at the High Institute of Theatre Arts in Damascus and contributed in designing the curriculum. She has participated in and/or chaired theater symposia and festival juries around the world. She received her MFA in directing and acting from the National Academy of Theatre and Film (Sofia, Bulgaria). Her involvement as a human rights activist in fighting for civil liberties and freedom rivals her theater work. She received the best actress award at the Carthage Film Festival for the leading role in Chronicle of the Coming Year (1986).