Kathryn Haddad

Executive/Artistic Director

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.



Kathryn Haddad

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 

Jawdy Obeid

Actor, MBA, Community Organizer

Anh-Thu Pham, Treasurer 

Activist, Board member of Pangea World Theater, Ananya Dance Theater, and Dear Gaza, Account Manager.

Karmel Sabri

Artist, Executive/Artistic Director, Dear Gaza 

Khaldoun Samman

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

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