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Visiting Fellow, 2023 – 2024

Mohammad Al Attar


Mohammad Al Attar is a Syrian playwright and theater maker based in Berlin since 2016. At Damascus University, he completed a degree in English Literature, followed by a degree in Theatrical Studies from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, Damascus. He then completed a master’s degree in Applied Theatre at London’s Goldsmiths University. His work takes place on the boundary between fiction and documentation. His plays include Withdrawal (2007), Samah (2008), A Chance Encounter (2011), Online (2011), Look at the Street… This Is What Hope Looks Like (2011), Could You Please Look into the Camera? (2012), Youssef was Here (2013), Antigone of Shatila (2015), While I Was Waiting (2016), Aleppo: A Portrait of Absence (2017), Iphigenia (2017), The Factory (2019), and Damascus 2045 (2021). They have been staged at international theaters and festivals around the world. His most recent work, 9 Years, 2 Months and 11 Days, premiered at the Theater Freiburg in March 2024, and the contemporary opera Searching for Zenobia (working title) will be premiering at the Muncher Biennale in June 2024. Al Attar has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, with special focus on the Syrian uprising and the resulting conflicts since 2011. Al Attar was a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2021–22. During his residency at the Neubauer Collegium, he is collaborating on the Reimagining Cosmopolitanism project.