Mariem Omari


Mariem can be contacted through Playwrights' Studio

Arabic (conversation only)

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Mariem Omari

Mariem is a writer and activist. She lived and worked across the Middle East and North Africa for five years, and during that time worked with refugees and survivors of violence. She has since committed to promoting the stories of 'voices' that are not often heard to advocate for greater human rights and equality.  She was fortunate to meet one of her mentors, the creator of Theatre of Witness, Teya Sepinuck, in 2014, who she has since worked with on the 'transformation of suffering through story'.  Her first play, If I Had A Girl..., on honour violence in Asian communities in Scotland, sold-out in Glasgow in 2016, and toured nationally in 2017. She was one of the National Theatre of Scotland's Starter for 10, selected to develop her play, One Mississippi which showcased at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) 2017. She had three plays go up in 2019 - The Trojans, performed by Syrian Refugees; her first children's play, Paper Memories which toured Scotland as part of the National Puppetry and Animation Festival; and Walkin' the Line as part of the SMHAF 2019. She is currently working on her new play, Revolution Days, which was developed with Cora Bissett in 2018

She is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Bijli, Company in Residence at the National Theatre of Scotland.

Photograph by Jon Kendrew

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