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Saheem Ali

 
Bio:
Saheem Ali is a New York-based theater director focused on new work. Recent credits include Dangerous House (Williamstown Theater Festival), Sugar in Our Wounds (MTC), Tartuffe (Playmakers Rep), Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown), Henry V (NYU Tisch), Twelfth Night (Public Theater), Kill Move ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Saheem Ali is a New York-based theater director focused on new work. Recent credits include Dangerous House (Williamstown Theater Festival), Sugar in Our Wounds (MTC), Tartuffe (Playmakers Rep), Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown), Henry V (NYU Tisch), Twelfth Night (Public Theater), Kill Move ... (read complete bio)

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Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2021] Cancelled
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2020]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Assistant Director

Saheem Ali Biography

Saheem Ali is a New York-based theater director focused on new work. Recent credits include Dangerous House (Williamstown Theater Festival), Sugar in Our Wounds (MTC), Tartuffe (Playmakers Rep), Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown), Henry V (NYU Tisch), Twelfth Night (Public Theater), Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theater), Diaspora (Gym at Judson), Nollywood Dreams (Cherry Lane), The Booty Call (Inner Voices) and Dot (Detroit Public Theater). Upcoming: Fireflies (Atlantic Theater). He has workshopped new plays at Playwrights Horizons, Playwrights Realm, MCC, New York Stage & Film, Page 73, and The Lark. He is a Usual Suspect and former Directing Fellow at New York Theater Workshop, a Gielgud SDCF Fellow, and a Shubert Fellow.

Saheem Ali Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Director of a Play
Saheem AliMerry Wives
 
Drama League Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Direction of a Play
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Saheem Ali News

New York Stage and Film Winter Party To Feature Songs from WHITE GIRL IN DANGER & Mor Photo New York Stage and Film Winter Party To Feature Songs from WHITE GIRL IN DANGER & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2022

New York Stage and Film has announced that their 2022 Winter Party will be on Monday, December 5 at the Empire Rooftop, 44 West 63rd Street. The festive December event will begin at 6:00 PM with libations and food, followed at 7:00 PM by performances from three new musicals workshopped at NYSAF.

First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; Ray of Light's KINKY Photo First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; Ray of Light's KINKY BOOTS Leads Best Musical
by BWW Staff - Nov 21, 2022

The first live standings have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

SDC Announces Executive Board Election Results Photo SDC Announces Executive Board Election Results
by Stephi Wild - Nov 16, 2022

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) announced the results of its 2022 Executive Board election at its Annual Membership Meeting on Monday night, November 14. Evan Yionoulis was elected to serve a second term as Executive Board President.

Applications Now Open for the Third Year of the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Progr Photo Applications Now Open for the Third Year of the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 3, 2022

Applications for The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program are now open. The program seeks to uplift and support the next generation of Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) theatre-makers working behind the scenes.

Soho Rep Directors Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides to Depart at the End of 2022-23  Photo Soho Rep Directors Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides to Depart at the End of 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2022

Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides, two of Soho Rep's three Directors, will step down at the end of the current season, after 15 and 8 years with the influential Off Broadway theater.

FAT HAM Reading Featuring Original Cast Members to be Presented by Arts in the Armed  Photo FAT HAM Reading Featuring Original Cast Members to be Presented by Arts in the Armed Forces for Veterans Day
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 12, 2022

In honor of Veterans Day, Arts in the Armed Forces will present a reading of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winning play FAT HAM by James Ijames, directed by Sideeq Heard, featuring original cast members from the successful off-Broadway co-production between The Public Theater and National Black Theatre ‚Äč‚Äčdirected by Saheem Ali.

World Premiere of MOSQUE4MOSQUE to be Presented by About Face Theatre in November Photo World Premiere of MOSQUE4MOSQUE to be Presented by About Face Theatre in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 30, 2022

About Face Theatre will open its 2022-2023 season with the world premiere of¬†Omer Abbas Salem‚Äôs¬†new play¬†Mosque4Mosque, directed by¬†Sophiyaa Nayar.¬†Mosque4Mosque¬†will be presented¬†November 17 ‚Äď December 17, 2022¬†at The Den Theatre.

Jackalope Theatre Company Announces Season 15 Photo Jackalope Theatre Company Announces Season 15
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2022

Jackalope Theatre Company has announced their return to in-person performances with their 2022/2023 season featuring the Among the Dead by Hansol Jung, directed by Jackalope Artistic Director Kaiser Ahmed*, and the world premiere of Pretty Shahid written by company member Omer Abbas Salem*, and directed by Sophiyaa Nayar.

Front Row Productions Names Lamar Richardson 2022 Fellow Photo Front Row Productions Names Lamar Richardson 2022 Fellow
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

Stephen Byrd & Alia Jones-Harvey’s Front Row Productions Fellowship, in association with Columbia University School of the Arts, named Lamar Richardson as the 2022 Front Row Productions Fellow.

World Premiere of GODDESS Starring Amber Iman & More Extended at Berkeley Rep Photo World Premiere of GODDESS Starring Amber Iman & More Extended at Berkeley Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 7, 2022

The world premiere musical Goddess will extend for an additional week at Berkeley Rep. The new musical will now run through Saturday, October 1. Goddess is conceived and directed by Saheem Ali, music and lyrics by Michael Thurber, and written by Jocelyn Bioh.

Saheem Ali Videos

VIDEO: Mykal Kilgore & the Company of FAT Ham Cover 'Kill The Lights' Videoplay
VIDEO: Mykal Kilgore & the Company of FAT Ham Cover 'Kill The Lights'

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 8, 2022

Mykal Kilgore and Company members of Fat Ham came together for a cover of Kill The Lights! Watch the music video here!

VIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning FAT HAM Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Behind the Scenes of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning FAT HAM

by Nicole Rosky - Jun 5, 2022

Critically-acclaimed playwright James Ijames reinvents Shakespeare's masterpiece with his new, Pulitzer prize-winning drama, FAT HAM, which is currently playing at the Public Theater. Below, watch as PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown gets the scoop on the new show from Ijames as a part of the arts and culture series, CANVAS.

VIDEO: Watch a Clip From HBO's Public Theater REOPENING NIGHT Documentary Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch a Clip From HBO's Public Theater REOPENING NIGHT Documentary

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 20, 2021

The documentary follows the re-opening of The Pubic Theatre with the production of “Merry Wives.' The new production brings the play into a modern retelling set in South Harlem's eclectic community of West African immigrants with an all-Black cast. The new film follows the journey to opening night during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIDEO: Susan Kelechi Watson Talks MERRY WIVES at Shakespeare in the Park! Videoplay
VIDEO: Susan Kelechi Watson Talks MERRY WIVES at Shakespeare in the Park!

by Stage Tube - Aug 12, 2021

The This Is Us star also discussed crafting a perfect Nigerian accent for the role.

VIDEO: Saheem Ali and Kwame Kwei-Armah Chat as Part of The Public's DIGITAL DUETS Videoplay
VIDEO: Saheem Ali and Kwame Kwei-Armah Chat as Part of The Public's DIGITAL DUETS

by Stage Tube - May 28, 2020

Directors Saheem Ali and Kwame Kwei-Armah have a fast-paced and joy-filled chat about stoking their creative fires in quarantine, and what kind of art they're looking forward to building on the other side.

BWW TV: The Cast and Creatives of NOLLYWOOD DREAMS Meet the Press Videoplay
BWW TV: The Cast and Creatives of NOLLYWOOD DREAMS Meet the Press

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2020

Nollywood Dreams begins performances on Thursday, March 19th, 2020, in the Newman Mills Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street), with official opening night set for Monday, April 13th. The cast and creatives of Nollywood Dreams recently met the press and chatted with us about the show.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Lincoln Center Theater's THE ROLLING STONE Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Lincoln Center Theater's THE ROLLING STONE

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 12, 2019

Lincoln Center Theater presents the American premiere of The Rolling Stone, a new play by Chris Urch, directed by Saheem Ali, beginning previews Thursday, June 20 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). The Rolling Stone's cast of six will feature Ato Blankson-Wood, Latoya Edwards, Robert Gilbert, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Adenike Thomas, and James Udom. Opening night is Monday, July 15.

BWW TV: Inside MTC's SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS Opening Tonight Videoplay
BWW TV: Inside MTC's SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS Opening Tonight

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 19, 2018

Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Sugar in Our Wounds, a new play by Donja R. Love, directed by Saheem Ali opens tonight - Tuesday, June 19. Get a preview of the show below with all new video footage!


Saheem Ali Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Saheem Ali been nominated for?
Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Merry Wives and Outstanding Direction of a Play (Drama League Awards) for Merry Wives .