Andrea Assaf is a performer, writer, director, & cultural organizer. The founder & artistic director of Art2Action, she has a Masters degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in Acting, both from NYU. Andrea is a consultant for the Arts & Democracy Project, and the National Coordinator of the Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation with Pangea World Theater. She is the former Artistic Director of New WORLD Theater (2004-09), and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04). Andrea has taught Acting technique, Voice and Creative Movement in New York, Boston, and Washington DC.
Her performance work ranges from original, interdisciplinary solo and collaborative productions, to spoken word. Recent directing and new works include: Speed Killed My Cousin by Linda Parris-Bailey (Carpetbag Theatre, 2012); Outside the Circle co-written with Samuel Valdez (Art2Action, 2012); Eleven Reflections on September, which Andrea created and directed (Art2Action/Pangea World Theater, 2011); breaking letter(s) by Suheir Hammad (NWT, 2008); Shekadii Walaalo (Sister-Story), a community collaboration with the Walaalo! Somali Sisters Collective (2008); Womb-Words, Thirsting by Lenelle Moise (2007); and Parang Sabil by Kinding Sindaw at the first National Asian American Theater Festival (NYC, 2007). In 2005-06, Andrea toured to Mexico, the U.S., Nicaragua and Canada with Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro, in Fronteras Desviadas / Deviant Borders, which she wrote/co-created (supported by a grant from Contacto Cultural). In 2003, her solo show, Globalicities, was featured in the New York International Fringe Festival.
As a spoken word artist, Andrea has performed her newest series, Eleven Reflections on September, at Pangea World Theater (Minneapolis, 2011), the Centro Cultural Tijuana (Mexico, 2010), the Zero Budget Festival in Wroclaw, Poland (Grotowski Institute, 2009); and the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC (2007). Andrea was a featured poet at the People’s Poetry Gathering in 2003, and at Blue Stockings Women’s Bookstore in NYC. She has performed live on WBAI’s Radio Tahrir: Voices of the Arab/Muslim Community, twice. In 2002, she was a winner in the Urbana Queer Slam in NYC.
Andrea is a recipient of a 2011 NPN Creation Fund Commission; and a 2010 Princess Grace Theater Fellowship for Directing, and Gant Gaither Theater Award. She has also received a 2010 Creation Fund through the National Performance Network (NPN). In 2007, Andrea was awarded a residency at the Hedgebrook, for “women authoring change.” Andrea serves on the Board of Directors of CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists), the Executive Committee of Alternate ROOTS, and the International Management Committee of WPI (Women Playwrights International). She is also a member of RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers).