Call for Applications: Kawalis Zoukak - The Training Program - Cycle 3

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Call for Applications:

Kawalis Zoukak - The Training Program
19 September - 19 November 2022

Deadline for Applications: 21st of August 2022 before midnight, Beirut time. 

Fill the application form in your preferred language and submit it along with the supporting documents.

Download the full cal in English / Arabic


Kawalis takes you behind the curtains with Zoukak in a series of training courses covering various aspects of theatre-making: from acting to devising, to writing, to directing, to production management, and to theatre as a psychosocial mediation tool. The program is designed in a way to make it possible for theatre practitioners and individuals wishing to develop their skills in theatre-making, to build a personalized learning training path throughout the diverse courses proposed over the year.

The 3rd cycle of Kawalis Zoukak will take place from September until November 2022, with 2 training courses available over the course of 3 months:

- Acting with Junaid Sarieddeen 

- Devised Theatre with Maya Zbib 

Participants can apply for one or more of the above-mentioned training courses. Once a participant is selected for any training, they will be asked to commit to attending the 3 sessions of the “Collaborative Communication” training, which is a prerequisite for the entire program. These training courses are interconnected with Zoukak’s other programs, so participants will eventually have the chance to qualify for other opportunities moving forward. Stay tuned!


Fees: Free of charge; contributions are welcome 


Training Courses available between September and November 2022:


with Junaid Sarieddeen 


21st of September - 9th of November 2022 (7 sessions) - Every Wednesday from 4:30pm until 8:30pm at Zoukak Theatre


The last session on 9th of November will be from 4:30pm until 10:30pm 

There will be no session on Wednesday October 19, 2022


Note: if you have previously applied to the Acting course and want to have your previous application reconsidered for this cycle then kindly send an email to If not, you can fill a new application form. 


In this training, participants experiment with an actor-centered training methodology, based on both the actor, and the person behind the actor.

When we watch a person “acting”, we notice two elements: the actor him/herself, and the acting or performance in terms of characters, roles, and actions... In this space, bringing together the actor and their act, ideas merge with actions, and stories become intertwined with the acting itself. Here the following question arises: Why do we act this way?

Acting often goes along with the actor’s prior knowledge of what “acting” means, which is usually influenced by either previous experiences, or different acting references and methodologies that the actor was acquainted with through reading and watching. This workshop tackles what remains with the actors after being exposed to diverse acting methods and styles. It seeks to empower the person behind each actor, in  the purpose of achieving dynamic and energetic acting, condensed in the present moment.

This training works on building the “acting” based on raw primary actions, finding performative actions, and identifying types of active presence. It creates a space for  experimentation and exploration of acting bases, methods, and tools, in an experiential framework.

Learning Objectives:

∙ Experiment and explore acting styles, as well as ways for building roles, characters, situations, and theatrical actions;

∙ Build actors' skills based on mere presence, where actions are situated in the current moment and present time;

∙ Develop actors’ ability to listen on various levels: self-listening , listening to the meaning, listening to the moment, listening to the context;

∙ Stimulate sensitivity and create awareness about acting dynamics, and the actors’ inherent subjective judgments on their actions and performances;

∙ Master performing tools and acting techniques that link actors to the reality of their actions, even when those actions are exaggerated or grotesque. 

Participants must have the desire to go through this experience and the will to develop their performing and acting skills, in addition to their full commitment to all training sessions without any exception.


Devised Theatre 

with Maya Zbib 


20th of September - 15th of November 2022 (8 sessions) - Every Tuesday from 4:30pm until 8:30pm at Zoukak Theatre

There will be no session on Tuesday October 18, 2022


Note: if you previously applied to the Devised Theatre course and want to have your previous application reconsidered for this cycle then kindly send an email to If not, you can fill a new application form.


Devised theatre is the process of creating theatre from scratch, whether collectively or individually. In this training, we focus on collaborative creation, leading participants to take part in developing original performance material together, through various content generating processes, including writing, improvisation, physical movement, scene building, site specific work, research, and active reflection... The multifaceted nature of devising is explored, from the more intuitive and spontaneous approaches to theatre making to the more constructed methods, leading to composition, which is essentially the process of assembling, editing, and re-shaping individuals' various productions and experiences, to form a final performance piece. The training explores various ways of conceiving ideas and forming personal views within the broadest social and political contexts inherent to the group, springing from the personal connections of each individual to the subject matter.

Learning objectives:

·  Explore and experiment with the nature of performance on a personal and collective level;

·  Use imagination as a channel for thoughts, desires, and physical impulses;

·  Learn from the freedom of infinite possibilities of creation while working as a group;

·  Learn from dynamic interactions and group cohesion;

·  Develop active listening and group reflecting skills, as well as planning tools;

·  Share experiences and ideas of making theatre with peers;

·  Produce in an environment that fosters intuition and creativity;

·  Experience diverse processes of generating performance work.

Participants should be either theatre students or graduates or have a one-year experience as a theatre maker or performer, whether professionally or as an amateur.They should commit to attend all training sessions without any exception.


Collaborative Communication
With Mohamad Hamdan

25th, 27th October, 3rd of November (3 sessions) from 4:30pm - 8:30pm at Zoukak Theatre


Our beliefs shape our behaviors. Believing in the importance of fair collaboration and reflecting this in our act is important for any social organization.

Theatre is one of the most ancient forms of collective expression and action. In that sense, collaborative communication is key for the creation process as much as any other element of the devising process such as writing, acting, directing, and scenography etc. 

This training is an invitation to practice fairness from the lens of our communication capacity. Using nonviolent communication, social organizing, and theatre, it poses integration as a flow of energy that holds together the space of action with stories and dreams.

Learning objectives

- Practice empathy to build rapport with others;

- Collaborate positively with others;

- Act in a responsive and reliable manner.

Participants should commit to attending all the training sessions without any exception.