Watch Jamil discuss his inspiration behind Mosque Alert
JAMIL KHOURY is the Founding Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising. A theatre producer, essayist, playwright, and film maker, Khoury’s work focuses on Middle Eastern themes and questions of Diaspora. He is particularly interested in the intersections of culture, national identity, citizenship, and class.
Khoury has written Mosque Alert using an innovative approach: the play grew out of an online, and community-based, interactive new play development and civic engagement project that was launched in 2011, exploring resistance to the building of mosques in communities across the U.S. This unique, first-of-its-kind pairing of artistic and civic processes received the 2013 ChangeMaker Award from South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). The play was developed through a student production at Knox College in Galesburg, IL in February, 2015; and the second draft of the play will be produced as a student production at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN in November, 2015. Thereafter, Silk Road Rising will produce the Professional World Premiere in March, 2016 followed by a third student production at North Central College in November, 2016.
Khoury’s full-length plays include Precious Stones (2003) which received Gay Chicago Magazine's 2003 After Dark Award for Outstanding New Work and has been performed in ten cities across the U.S. His play Fitna (1998) was performed at University Theatre of The University of Chicago; and, his play Azizati (1999) was performed at Café Voltaire. His cabarets include Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret (2012) and Silk Road Cabaret: Broadway Sings the Silk Road (2009). His short plays include: 63rd and Kedzie (2012) and WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole (2010).
Khoury’s digital art work includes the video plays Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism Go On a First Date (2014); The Balancing Arab (2012); and, both/and (2011). His documentary films include Sacred Stages: A Church, a Theatre, and a Story (2014); and, Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness (2012).
Khoury holds a M.A. degree in Religious Studies from The University of Chicago Divinity School and a B.S. degree in International Relations from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is a Kellogg Executive Scholar (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University) and has been awarded a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Nonprofit Management.
Khoury is the 2015 recipient of Association for Asian American Studies' Community Leader Award; 2013 recipient of the Actor’s Equity Association’s Kathryn V. Lamkey Award; and, the 2010 recipient of the 3Arts Artist Award for Playwriting.