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Samah Sabawi


Samah Sabawi is an award-winning playwright, author and poet. Her critically acclaimed play Tales of a City by the Sea was selected for the 2016 Victorian Certificate of Education Drama Playlist, won two Drama Victoria awards for best new Australian publication and best performance for VCE and was nominated for Best Independent Production at the Green Room Awards. The play was staged to full houses and standing ovations in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Malaysia, Canada and Palestine and is on the study list of a number of universities and schools around the globe.

 In 2017, Sabawi co-edited the groundbreaking anthology Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, winner of the Canadian 2017 biennial Patrick O’Neill Award for best play anthology. She co-authored  I Remember My Name: Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud, Jehan Bseiso, winner of the prestigious 2016 Palestine Book Awards.

Samah Sabawi has won multiple community appreciation awards both in Canada and in Australia for her activism for human rights and social justice. She won Creative Artist of the Year Australian Muslim Achievement Award in 2016. Her most recent play THEM was selected in 2018 for MTC’s Cybec Electric reading series and will premier in May 2019 at the La Mama Courthouse. 

Samah Sabawi is a policy advisor for Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian policy network and is a PhD candidate at Victoria University.

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