Joan Mitchell Center

Jamil Khoury

Chicago, IL
Theatre producer, playwright, essayist, filmmaker
Residency awarded through partnership with 3Arts
April 8–May 3
➔ silkroadrising.org

Jamil Khoury is the Founding Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising, an art-making and art service organization that shapes conversations about Asian and Middle Eastern Americans. A theatre producer, playwright, essayist, and filmmaker, Khoury’s plays include Mosque Alert, Precious Stones, and Fitna: Chaos as Woman in the Arab World. He conceived of and was a featured playwright in The DNA Trail: A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry, Identity, and Utter Confusion for which he wrote the short play WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole. He also devised two critically acclaimed cabarets, Broadway Sings the Silk Road and Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret.

Khoury’s video/film work includes the animated short film The Four Hijabs (2016), which he co-wrote with Dr. Manal Hamzeh. His video plays include Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go On a First Date, The Balancing Arab, and both/and. His documentary films include Sacred Stages: A Church, a Theatre, and a Story and Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness. Khoury’s current video play-in-progress, Obstacle Course, will be released in 2019.

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 Sahar Dika and Frank Sawa in Jamil Khoury's "Mosque Alert" at Silk Road Rising in 2016. (Photo by Airan Wright)

Sahar Dika and Frank Sawa in Jamil Khoury's "Mosque Alert" at Silk Road Rising in 2016. (Photo by Airan Wright)

 Still from Jamil Khoury’s animated short film “The Four Hijabs”, 2016

Still from Jamil Khoury’s animated short film “The Four Hijabs”, 2016

 Gordon Chow and Virginia Lee Marie Martinez in Jamil Khoury’s video play “Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go On a First Date”, 2015

Gordon Chow and Virginia Lee Marie Martinez in Jamil Khoury’s video play “Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go On a First Date”, 2015

 David Chrzanowski and Clayton Stamper in Jamil Khoury’s video play “both/and”, 2011

David Chrzanowski and Clayton Stamper in Jamil Khoury’s video play “both/and”, 2011

 Leslie Frame and Amira Sabbagh in Jamil Khoury’s video play “The Balancing Arab”, 2012

Leslie Frame and Amira Sabbagh in Jamil Khoury’s video play “The Balancing Arab”, 2012