Kathryn Haddad (Executive/Artistic Director) is a writer, teacher and community organizer whose work explores contemporary Arab American experiences and reflects on the political reality of life for Arab and Muslim Americans.
Kathryn founded Mizna – one of the few Arab American Arts and literary organizations in the United States where she served as its Artistic and Executive Director for twelve years. Kathryn is a 2004 – 05 recipient of an Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship for her work with the Arab American community. As a writer, she received three Playwright’s Center Many Voices Fellowships as well as awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis. She is a recipient of the 2018 Kay Sexton Award from the Minnesota Book Awards for her work with the Arab American Community, and is a 2019-20 Jerome Artist Fellow.
Board of Directors
Joseph Farag, Board President
Writer; Professor, University of Minnesota
Kathryn Haddad, Ex Officio
Writer, Teacher, Executive & Artistic Director, New Arab American Theater Works
Actor, MBA, Community Organizer
Anh-Thu Pham, Treasurer
Activist, Board member of Pangea World Theater, Ananya Dance Theater, and Dear Gaza, Account Manager.
Artist, Executive/Artistic Director, Dear Gaza
Writer; Professor, Macalester College
Andrea Shaker, Secretary
Writer, Performer, Filmmaker, Artist; Professor, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University
Ahmed Ismail Yusuf
Writer, Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools