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Ashtar for Theatre Productions & Training

National Network: 
Palestine
Address: 
Sunrise Bldg, Irsal Str.
Ramallah
Telephone: 
970-2-298-0037
Telephone (other): 
970-2-296-4349
Fax: 
970-2-296-0326
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1991
General Information: 

Being a non-governmental organization, Ashtar has a General Assembly that elects the Board of Directors. It has 11 staff members, both artistic and administrative.
Since Ashtar generates limited income, it mainly depends on fund raising from local and international donors. Main partners include Care International, EED - Germany and the European Commission. Its’ annual budget varies between 250 to 270 thousand US Dollars.
Ashtar’s main projects are: Theatre Diploma in Colleges, Drama Clubs, Theatre in Universities, community groups training on Forum Theatre techniques, experimental theatre productions, forum and legislative theatre productions, in addition to local and international touring.

Mission and Objectives: 

As the first theatre training company in Palestine, Ashtar has maintained a consistent set of aims. It seeks to confront and challenge every aspect of Palestinian society, constantly encouraging people, especially youth, to question all aspects of their daily life. By adopting creative methods that inspire audiences to ‘listen as they hear, to contemplate as they see, to imagine as they reflect…’ it is Ashtar’s aim to make theatre an integral part of Palestinian society.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Ashtar’s work falls into two main categories:
1) The provision of drama training courses to teachers and schools, colleges and universities’ students. Also, since Ashtar is the only professional group in the field of the Theatre of Oppressed in the Middle East area, Ashtar started its training on forum theatre techniques both on local and regional levels.
2) The production of theatrical performances both experimental and forum theatre productions, in addition to various theatre productions with the students.