Kareem Ayas – Playwright
Raucous Caucus Play: Black Standard
Kareem Ayas is fresh entry into the playwriting world. Starting out as a freelance journal editor and an ESL teacher, Kareem was accepted into the New York University Graduate Dramatic Writing program with a concentration in Television. Being of Lebanese/Syrian nationality, he has enjoyed portraying the heart of his culture through the flexible medium of theater. Kareem has had productions of short pieces, like Yellowcake, and Zeina staged in small theaters throughout the East Coast. He also currently has a play in development at the Culture Project. He is a stand-up comic, having performed at popular venues like The Comedy Cellar and Stand Up NY, and is also the recipient of the Best Half Hour Television Writer award from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He hopes that after two years of graduate school and two months of attempting to be a writer, this great opportunity at Box Wine Theater will be the first of many.
Stebos – Director
Raucous Caucus Play: Whereas Puppies are Adorable
Stebos is a NYC-based stage director, producer, teaching artist, and theatre scholar. He is the founder and artistic director of Theatreplots Productions, and teaches in the Theatre Department at Hunter College while pursuing a PhD in Theatre at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. After graduating as director from the School of Dramatic Art “Paolo Grassi” in Milan, Italy, he specialized in acting and directing with Jurij Alschitz at the Russian Academy of Dramatic Art (former GITIS) in Moscow . More info at www.stebos.net.