Rimah Jabr

Rimah JabrRimah is an emerging Palestinian playwright and theatre-maker, and a newcomer to Canada. Her plays have been performed in cities across Belgium and the Netherlands. After receiving her Bachelor degree in Accounting from An-Najah University in Nablus in 2002, she worked as an administrative assistant for many different NGOs over seven years. From 2010 to 2012, Rimah worked on Sesame Street. After that, she continued her studies in theatre, getting her Master in the Arts as a theatre-maker and playwright at Erasmushogeschool Brussel RITCS. Rimah has written several plays, including Two LadybugsThe Prisoner and The Apartment.

During 2014 and 2015 Rimah was artist in residence at Moussem. In the same year she wrote and directed High Heels and Stuffed Zucchini. In 2016 Rimah moved to Toronto. Why Not Theatre and Guillermo Verdecchia provided Rimah with the space and support to workshop This is Not What I Want to Tell You, a personal work in which a young girl must defend herself against accusations she doesn’t understand.

Rimah is now working with Natasha Greenblatt on their new piece Two Birds, One Stone. The play was presented in the 2017 Riser Festival at The Theatre Centre and will be produced in The Tarragon Theatre Workspace program in June 2018. Rimah wrote RAYA, a play for children ages 10+, which will premiere in November 2017 at Hetpaleis in Antwerp, and is produced by Hetpaleis, De Maan and Moussem Nomadic Art Centre. She is currently developing a new work, Broken Shapes, which will be based on research in Canada and other places in the world, examining Physical/Mental space.

Rimah was nominated for Rolex Mentor and Protégée for 2016\2017.