Born in 1978, Lamia Abi Azar is a theatre maker and a founding member of Zoukak Theatre Company. Since 2006 she devised and acted in more than 13 of Zoukak's performances. She acquired a degree in Clinical Psychology at the St. Joseph University (USJ), Beirut, in 1999 while she was studying Theatre at the Institute of Fine Arts of the Lebanese University (1997-1999); in 2004 she graduated in “History & Practice of Arts, Music and Performance”, with an emphasis on theatre at the Universita Degli Studi Dell'Aquila, Italy. Performer and drama-therapist, since 2001 Lamia developed a personal approach of drama therapy through continuous experimentation and practice, based on two separate schools: experimental theatre and clinical psychology, applying theatre and art as a tools of alternative expression, personal investigation and self-affirmation. She opened her research in drama-therapy to Zoukak in 2006 and continued to develop it within the company taking the lead of diversified projects across the years that considers theater as a tool of personal, social and political change.
Since 2005, Lamia is conducting a drama therapy laboratory with children with multiple psycho-physical disabilities at “Ghassan Kanafani rehabilitation pre- school”, Mar-Elias Palestinian camp, Beirut; she has also led different workshops, trainings and trainings of trainers in theatre and drama therapy applied with children, adults and persons with special needs in diverse contexts. From 2008 till 2012 she led a laboratory of drama therapy with incarcerated youth at Roumieh jail, Lebanon. She was a drama instructor of Corporal Expression at the Institute de Psychomotricity, Saint Joseph University,Beirut from 2008 till 2011, and in 2008-2009 she worked as a technical advisor for Handicap International on a psychosocial project in Palestinian camps in Lebanon.
Theatre, drama therapy
Speaker at Cairo City lab