Makram Ayache is a community-engaged writer, actor, director, and producer who splits his time between Edmonton and Toronto. His playwriting explores meaningful representations of queer Arab voices. He often endeavors to bridge complex and interlocking political struggles to the very intimate and real experiences of the people impacted by them.
Ayache is the 2020 recipient of the Playwrights’ Guide of Canada’s annual Tom Hendry Award for his play “Harun.” He has also been nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards for his plays “Harun” (2018) and “The Green Line” (2019). In 2020, he worked with several theatre companies including Factory Theatre’s Mechanical Actors’ Enhancement Training, the Citadel Theatre’s RBC Directing Mentorship Program, Punctuate Theatre’s Partizan’s Creators Unit, Prime Mover and The Musical Stage Company’s NoteWorthy Program, and Generator Toronto’s Artist Producer Training Program.
Also in 2020, he developed his play “The Hooves Belonged to the Deer” through the Alberta Queer Calendar Project under the directorial leadership of Peter Hinton-Davis and dramaturgs Evan Medd and Hannah Moscovitch.
Most recently, he completed the foundational work for a large-scale interdisciplinary project that examines the “mythology of Capitalism” through the Historic Joy Kogawa House Artist-in-Residence program in Vancouver. Next year, he will return to Factory Theatre to continue developing the play through the Foundry Program, with generous support from Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Adventures. And he is excited to also explore this new play through Alberta Theatre Projects 2021/2022 Playwrights Unit!
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Ayache is trained as an educator from the University of Alberta and has extensive education experience working with children, youth, and adult learners in a variety of settings. Currently, he facilitates 2SLGBTQIA+ (2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender) inclusion training through the 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
He also runs his own consultation and training organization, Shajara, which works with organizations and individuals to make meaningful change towards equity and anti-oppression. He has synthesized anti-oppression education with theatre education through the Queer and Trans Youth Theatre Project hosted by Soulpepper Theatre and the 519. In the fall of 2021, he will be joining the University of Waterloo as a sessional instructor for Writing for Performance.
He has extensive experience in curricular design and development at the secondary, post-secondary, and community level of education. Much of his teaching philosophy is centered around an anti-oppressive and socially conscious pedagogy.
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