Andrea Assaf is a performer, writer, director, & cultural organizer. The Founder and Artistic Director of Art2Action, she has a Masters degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in Acting, both from NYU. She is the former Artistic Director of New WORLD Theater (2004-09), and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04). She 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: 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 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 2010 Princess Grace Theater Fellowship, and the Gant Gaither Theater Award. She has also received a 2010 Creation Fund commission through the National Performance Network (NPN), to write a new play, Outside the Circle, with Samuel Valdez. In 2007, Andrea was awarded a residency at the Hedgebrook, for “women authoring change.” Andrea currently serves on the National Steering Committee of the CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists). She is a member of Alternate ROOTS, and RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers).