Lamia Abi Azar
Born in 1978, Lamia Abi Azar acquired a degree in Clinical Psychology from St. Joseph University in Beirut (USJ) in 1999, and a degree in History & Practice of Arts, Music and Performance, with an emphasis on theatre from the Universita Degli Studi Dell'Aquila in Italy in 2004.
Performer and drama-therapist, since 2001 Lamia developed a personal approach to drama therapy through continuous experimentation and practice, based on two separate schools: experimental theatre and clinical psychology, applying theatre and art as tools of alternative expression, personal investigation and self-affirmation.
Since 2005, Lamia has been 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 theatre and drama therapy with children, adults and persons with special needs in diverse contexts.
From 2008 and until 2012 she led a laboratory of drama therapy with incarcerated youths at Roumieh jail, Lebanon. She was a drama instructor of Corporal Expression at the Institute of Psychomotricity, Saint Joseph University Beirut from 2008 till 2011.
From 2008 till 2009 she worked as a technical advisor for Handicap International on a psychosocial project in Palestinian camps in Lebanon.
Lamia is a founding member of Zoukak Theatre Company.