Asolo Rep Welcomes Adam Ashraf Elsayigh as Literary Manager and Dramaturg

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Asolo Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes Adam Ashraf Elsayigh as its new Literary Manager and Dramaturg. Elsayigh serves as a key member of Asolo Rep’s artistic team, closely collaborating with Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards, participating in season show selection and curating public programming. As Literary Manager and Dramaturg, Elsayigh manages and executes all dramaturgical and literary functions for the theatre, including shepherding new play development efforts, providing dramaturgical research for productions, creating program content, networking with literary agents, cultivating playwrights, and acquiring and evaluating new scripts.

An Egyptian writer and theatre maker, Elsayigh writes scripts for theatre and television that interrogate the intersections of queerness, immigration and colonialism from his lens as a queer, Arab immigrant. He seeks to tell and amplify stories from communities that have been historically under and misrepresented on American stages and television screens. Elsayigh’s plays, including Memorial, Jamestown/ Williamsburg, Revelation and Drowning in Cairo, have been developed and seen at The Lark Theater, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and Golden Thread Productions. He is a co-founder of The Criminal Queerness Festival with National Queer Theater and a fellow at Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater with an emphasis in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from NYU Abu Dhabi and is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Playwriting at Brooklyn College.

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