Born and raised in Mount Lebanon, the actual country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Karim (he/him/his) just left his homeland to join the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2014, the primarily business graduate shifted his career into humanitarian work and education by serving as a teaching fellow with Teach for Lebanon, part of the global Teach for All Network. Through his fellowship he started exploring the benefits of integrating Theatre in education, and shortly after his two-year fellowship pursued the required degrees and graduated with a BA in theater from the Lebanese University and a master’s degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the American University of Beirut (2020). His Thesis focused on the development of pedagogic content knowledge of theater educators. Alongside his studies, he landed roles in local and Arabic productions collaborating with renowned theater and television directors.
Recently, and in addition to acting in local theatrical productions, Karim received Zoukak’s Theatre Company mentorship grant to adapt, direct and perform his own “flee” and later The Sunflower’s Theater grant to write and stage “Awaiting Noah’s Return”. Simultaneously, the multi-career teaching artist served as an IB theater educator, a project manager and a teacher trainer. Following Beirut’s port explosion and the armed clashes in his school district Karim decided to halt his local artistic career and carry on, with tenacity and excitement, his professional learning at PITT.
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Education & Training
- MA, Education Administration and Policy Studies - American Univeristy of Beirut, Lebanon, 2020
- BA, Theater, Lebanese University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lebanon, 2020
- BA, Business Administration, Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, 2014
- International Baccalaureate Professional Development, MYP (2020)
- Training of Trainers - Seenaryo (2022)
- Teach for Lebanon Fellowship Program (2016)