Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre Announces its Selection Committee

12 Aug 2012

Hassan Ragab, Abdullah Saleh, Yahya Al-Haj and Ibrahim Salem will also supervise entries for the sixth edition of the fest

The Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, the
first-of-its-kind initiative in the region, has announced the Selection and
Supervision Committee for its sixth edition, including veterans from the world
of theatre.

Organised by the Dubai Culture & Arts
Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts,
and heritage, the Selection and Supervision Committee is headed by producer
Hassan Ragab, and comprises theatre actor Abdullah Saleh, industry professional
and ‘Personality of the Year’ at the 2011 edition, Yahya Al-Haj, and actor,
screenwriter, and author Ibrahim Salem.

The four committee members will work together
with Dubai Culture to shortlist the submissions, while providing insights to
further improve the production quality and performances of the aspiring

Renowned theatric professional, Chairman of the Department of Theatre and
Cinema in the Ministry of Culture, Youth, & Community Development, Hassan
Ragab is one of the most prolific theatric talents in the city. A board member
of the UAE Theatrical Association and the Sharjah Modern Theatre, Ragab has
close to 60 productions to his credit spanning theatre, television, and radio,
for which he has scooped multiple accolades.

Actor and writer Abdullah Saleh, joins the
panel of jurors with over 30 years of experience in the field. One of the
founding members of the renowned Dubai Community Theatre, the Theatrical
Association and the Youth Theatre for the Arts, Saleh has designed and led
various workshops for emerging theatric talent. An accolade winner for his work
in screenwriting and acting, Saleh was honoured as the ‘Personality of the
Year,’ in the second Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre.

The first non-Emirati to be honoured by the
Festival, Yahya Al-Haj has strong contributions to the development of Arabic
theatre with a focus on training young and emerging talent. He started his
career as a teaching assistant specialised in acting and directing in Khartoum,
Sudan. Al-Haj has participated in numerous festivals regionally and
internationally including, the Arab Authority for Theatre in Beirut and the
International Book Fair in Damascus. He has conducted in-depth research in the
field of theatre and acting, and has contributed to works on theatre prepared
by the UAE Ministry of Education.

Accomplished author, actor, and screenwriter,
Ibrahim Salem, was a founding member of the Modern Theatre in Sharjah. With
over 50 theatric works to his credit, winning numerous laurels at local and
regional festivals, Salem began his stint in the industry as the Director of
the Ministry of Culture, Youth, & Community Development.

Now in its sixth year, the Dubai Festival for
Youth Theatre is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture, and aims to promote Emirati and Arab
theatre artists by providing a dedicated platform to showcase their talent in
addition to sharpening their skills through critique sessions led by experts.