Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mohammed Kaouti -- author

Mohammed Kaouti is an independent artist, affiliated with the International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) – Tangier, Morocco. Born August 12, 1952, he lives and works in Casablanca. He’s been involved in professional cultural and artistic activities in Morocco since 1973.

Eclectic in his creative approaches, he’s worked and flourished in a variety of venues and media including: teacher for twelve years; dramatic author with 13 public productions; writer with premier communications agencies (i.e. Havas Maroc, Saatchi & Saatchi, FP7 McCann, Klem Euro RSCG, etc); designer, animator, and television producer (21 programs); and executive producer of film and television (three short 35mm films and a television movie).

He’s also participated in numerous theatre and performance research and exchange initiatives including: the seminar “le corps et le théâtre” organized by l’Institut National de l’Education Populaire de Marly le Roi in France (1981); the seminar “Paris - Théâtre” jointly organized by the Universities of Paris and London, held in Paris (1982); and presented his plays “No Man’s Land” in Lisbon (2009) and “The Ring” in Munich (2010) with the Arab Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR).

He’s also served in leadership and managerial roles including: Founding Member and past General Secretary of the Général du Syndicat National des Professionnels du Théâtre; Manager of the Société de Communication & Production et de Groupe de Presse; and President, la Mutuelle Nationale des Artistes.

Kaouti is the author of the National Award Winning play No Man's Land -- on political oppression in Morocco in the 1980's. He's the guest of honor at the Annual Tangier International Conference "Performing Transformation" 2012 in June.

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