Maya Zbib is a Chevening/KRSF Alumni (2007), a Cultural Leadership International Alumni (2010), a fellowship recipient of ISPA, New York (2010) and was selected as the protégé of Peter Sellars, American theatre, opera and festival director, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (2011).
Born in Lebanon (1981), Maya Zbib is a theatre performer and director and a founding member of Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural association.
She acquired a BA in Theatre from the Institute of Fine Arts in 2003 and she pursued her MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2007. In 2011 she received a postgraduate degree in International Cultural Cooperation and Management from IL3, the University of Barcelona.
Her performance work includes L, or a Chronicle of Swooning (2009) shown in Nicosia, Limassol and London; The Music Box (2008-2012) a performance-installation visiting several houses around Lebanon (funded by AFAC), shown in Hakaya Festival, Jordan, in Avignon Festival Off, at the New York Public Library as part of the Rolex Arts Weekend, in Carthage Theatre Festival, Tunisia, in Luxembourg as part of Fundamental Monodrama Festival and as part of the 62Center Series at Williams College, Williamstown, USA; other performances include Telescope (2007), shown in London, Manchester, Istanbul, Alexandria, Barcelona and Nicosia. The latest production she directed is Silk Thread a collective site specific performance developed with Zoukak, performed in Beirut in May 2012 and in Berlin as part of “Voicing Resistance Festival” in June 2012 and during Minassa Platform in October 2012.
In 2009, she directed two play-readings in “I Come from Here”, as part of a Royal Court/British Council project (Beirut/Tunisia). She was employed as instructor of Acting and Dance at the Institute of Fine Arts, The Lebanese University (2008-2012) and instructor of Communication Studies at the Lebanese International University (2008-2010).
Since 2008, Maya takes part with Zoukak in leading drama-therapy workshops in different Lebanese regions and facilitating collaborations, artistic residencies and events with international artists, in the company’s studio. She has participated in panels and given workshops in academic and non-academic contexts, in Europe, the United States and Africa.