Eyad Houssami makes theatre and participates in Bassatin Baanoub. an ancient organic farm in southern Lebanon, where he aspires to establish an academy for theatre and ecology. He is the founder of Masrah Ensemble, a theatre organization focused on the Arab stage, honored as an Ellen Stewart International Award finalist for activating social change and engagement. He recently directed Family Ti-Jean, a Caribbean-Serbian musical theatre project with artists from refugee, citizen, and migrant worker communities, and worked as dramaturg for Sanctuary by Brett Bailey/Third World Bunfight. He is editor of Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre, author of the play Mama Butterfly, and former editor-at-large of Portal 9, the first Arabic-English literary and academic journal.