Leila Buck

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Leila Buck is a Lebanese American playwright, actor, facilitator and educator.  She has performed and developed her work at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop (Drama League nomination), Culture Project, Brooklyn Museum, BRIC Arts, Cleveland Public Theatre, Mosaic Theater at Arena Stage, and the Wilma Theater (Barrymore Award).  As a teaching artist for Lincoln Center, CAT and NYTW and a State Dept Speaker Specialist and Cultural Envoy, she has performed and taught theatrical tools for literacy, conflict resolution, and intercultural engagement to youth, educators, aid workers, UN delegates and others across the U.S., Europe, China, Australia and 11 Arab countries.  As artist-in-residence for Wesleyan University’s Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges grant, she created interactive work about the (mis)representation of Muslims in the U.S., and received the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Award. Her work is featured in American Theatre; TCG’s Finding Home Essay Salon; Stages of Resistance; Innovation in Five Acts; Etching Our Own Image: Voices from the Arab American Art Movement, and Four Arab-American Plays. She is a member of the Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group, a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, and teaches Participatory Performance and Writing Beyond Our Borders at NYU, from which she holds a Master’s in Theatre for Cross Cultural Education.