lamia abi azar
Born in 1978, Lamia Abi Azar acquired a degree in Clinical Psychology at the St. Joseph University (USJ), Beirut, in 1999 and a degree in “History & Practice of Arts, Music and Performance”, with an emphasis on theater at the Universita Degli Studi Dell'Aquila, Italy, in 2004. Performer and drama-therapist, since 2001 Lamia developed a personal approach of drama therapy through continuous experimentation and practice, based on two separate schools: experimental theater and clinical psychology, applying theater and art as a tools of alternative expression, personal investigation and self affirmation. Since 2005, Lamia is conducting a drama therapy laboratory with children with multiple psycho-physical handicaps at “Ghassan Kanafani rehabilitation pre-school”, Mar-Elias Palestinian camp, Beirut, she has also led different workshops and training sessions in theater and drama therapy with children, adults and persons with special needs in diverse contexts. From 2008 till 2012 she led a laboratory of drama therapy with incarcerated youth at Roumieh jail, Lebanon. She was a drama instructor of Corporal Expression at the Institute de Psychomotricity, Saint Joseph University, Beirut from 2008 till 2011, and in 2008-2009 she worked as a technical advisor for Handicap International on a psychosocial project in Palestinian camps in Lebanon.She is a founding member of Zoukak.