Ahmed El Attar, is an Egyptian an independent theatre director, translator, playwright and cultural manager.
He is founder and General Manager of Studio Emad Eddin Foundation a unique project, offering rehearsals and training spaces to independent artists in the field of performing arts in Egypt. El Attar is also the founder and the artistic director of Orient Productions, the Temple Independent Theatre Company and the D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival).
His theatre work has been performed in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia and the UAE.
‘F**K Darwin or How I Have Learned to Love Socialism (2007)’ received the best actor’s award at the 22nd edition of the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre.
El Attar’s performance ‘The Last Supper’ which he wrote and directed, deals with the apathy of the Egyptian bourgeoisie, was performed in 2015, as part of the official selection of the 69th edition of the Avignon Festival and at the 44th edition of the Festival d’Automne in Paris and has been touring the worlds ever since.
In January 2010, El Attar received the prize for best theatre text from the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development for his play ‘Life is beautiful or waiting for my uncle from America’.
In November 2013, El Attar received the pioneers of Egypt award from Synergos Foundation (USA).