Al Madina Theatre aims to represent a milestone for the Lebanese in the cultural and political development of the country.
Founded by Nidal Al Achkar in 1994, Al Madina Theatre developed into the Al Madina Theatre Association for Arts and Culture in March 2005.
Since the Lebanese government does not have a system of subvention, the Al Madina Theatre Association for Arts and Culture was founded on private and institutional donations from the Lebanese and Arab world as a non-profit Association.
Al Madina Theatre aims to promote dialogue and to create a space of free expression for all issues facing the Lebanese and Arab societies.
It is a multidisciplinary platform bringing together artists, writers and intellectuals to present their work.
In addition to plays and performances, Al Madina Theatre organizes exhibitions, screens movies (ciné-club), and hosts cultural events such as conferences, seminars, lectures, book signatures, workshops, etc.
History of the place
Nidal Al Achkar established the current Al Madina Theatre Association for Arts and Culture (March 2005) after renovating a historic cinema in Beirut (Saroulla Cinema) built in the late sixties, abandoned during the entire period of the Lebanese civil war.
Numerous donations were collected for the centre’s renovation work.
One large theatre (450 places)
One small theatre (110 places)
Joan Littlewood’s workshop space
Saaallah Wannous’s workshop space
Board of Trustees
Ms. May Kamal Joumblatt I President
Ms. Nidal Achkar I Founder
Ms. Sara Salem I Member
Dr. Mona Knio I Member
Ms. Soha Boustany I Member
Mr. Gerard Khatcharian I Member
Mr. Aref Al Aref I Member
Ms. Maria Hibri I Member
Mr. Omar Khoury I Member
Mr. Nagy Souraty I Member
Mr. Khaled Naim I Member
Ms. Rana Bohsali I Member
Ms. Hoda Baroudi I Member
Ms Nidal Al-Achkar I Founder, Chairperson and Executive Director
Dr. Mona Knio I Co-Director
Mr. Nagy Souraty I Artistic Director
Mr. Louay Ramadan I Administrative officer
Mr. Salah Issa I Reservations and Box Office
Mr. Mohamed Farhat I Chief Technician (Sound & Light)
Mr. Hassan Saleh I Reception and Formal Affairs.
Mr. Ali Farhat I Reception - Usher in
Mr. Mahmoud Bakour I Technician
Mr.Mohamad Nejme I Technician
Mr.Mohamad Asaf I Technician
Ms. Jessy Kossaify I Curator
Ms. Leila Debs I Curator
Ms. Noura Sakaf I Curator
Mr. Jamal Toukane I Accountant
Mr. Aref Al Aref I Oussama El Aref Law Office