Brad Saunders is a screenwriter, film director, playwright and published novelist. His feature film, The Lounge People, played in theaters internationally and on television on Comedy Central, and the Starz Network. His one-act play, Detective Nicky Carruthers is Dead, garnered a national playwriting award from the University of Arkansas and was produced at the Powerhouse Theater, in Los Angeles. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Annual Ball, was a semi-finalist at the Inner City Cultural Center’s theater competition in Los Angeles, and was produced at the Missing Children Theater, in New York. He was a screenwriting instructor, in both the graduate and undergraduate programs, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California for twenty-three years and is now a screenwriting teacher and mentor to students across America at the Film Connection/Film Institute in Los Angeles, California.
Souraya Baghdadi is an actress, dancer, choreographer and movement pedagogue who was born in Beirut. She starts her dancing career in 1975 with the Caracalla dancing troupe and goes on international tours for the first eight years of the Lebanese civil war. In 1981, she stars in Maroun Baghdadi’s movie “Petites guerres » which is selected for the Festival de Cannes. She gets her Interior Architecture diploma from Kaslik’s Beaux-Arts in 1983 and moves to Paris in 1984 where she enrolls in a contemporary dance program at the Peter Goss School. She founds the Center for Oriental Dance -http://cdo-dansesorientales.com- where she explores oriental motion, restructures and transmits it. She creates and produces spectacles with her troupe Burak & Co. In 1996 she resumed her studies in perceptive psycho pedagogy of the Movement at the International Danis Bois College, and launches the “Mouvement oriental” Workshops http://mouvementoriental.blogspot.com/.
George Khabbaz is an award-winning Lebanese actor, writer, director, comedian, musician, playwright, producer and theatre Professor. He has participated as the main actor in more than 25 television shows, and has produced, directed and starred in 12 plays, each of which was attended by an audience of more than 100,000 spectators. He was the lead actor in “Under the Bombs” and “Silina” and was the writer and lead actor of the movie “Ghadi” which was released in 2013 as well as the writer and supervisor of the Lebanese movie “Waynon” released in 2014.
Zeina Daccache is a Lebanese film director and drama therapist. She is the founder and director of Catharsis-Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy. She directed in 2009 the “12 Angry Lebanese” play performed by the inmates of the Roumieh Prison (Lebanon) and in 2012 the play “Scheherazade in Baabda” performed by the women inmates from the Baabda Prison. In 2013, she directed the play From the bottom of my brain with the residents of the Al Fanar psychiatric hospital.
In 2009, she directed the award winning film “12 Angry Lebanese“, a documentary based on the project 12 Angry Lebanese. and in 2013 she directed the 10 time award winning documentary “Scheherazade’s Diary” (shot inside Baabda Prison for women)
She has received many awards for her distinguished contribution to the field of social initiatives and services.
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