An Egyptian independent theatre director and playwright, Ahmed El Attar is the artistic director of D-CAF and Falaki Theatre, as well as the founder and manager of Orient Productions, Temple Independent Theatre Company and Studio Emad Eddin. With several degrees under his belt and having received recognition and awards from institutions worldwide, his work has been performed all over Europe and the Arab region. In 2005, El Attar was chosen by the Arabic edition of Newsweek as one of 42 personalities who have influenced change in the Arab world. In 2010, El Attar received the prize for Best Theatre Text from the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development for his play ‘Life is Beautiful or Waiting for My Uncle From America’. His latest play ‘The Last Supper’ was in the official selection of the 69th Avignon International Theatre Festival (2015) and the Festival D’Automne in Paris (2015), making it the first Egyptian play ever to be programmed at both festivals.
Mahmoud Refaat is a sound artist, musician and producer. He actively collaborates with artists and musicians on art projects of all genres, both locally and internationally. In addition to music production and live performance, for the past 10 years Refaat has been involved in multiple theater stage and cinematic screen projects. In 2005, Refaat founded 100COPIES MUSIC, a music label based in Cairo that releases experimental, electronica and jazz-related music from local and regional artists, and serves as a platform and network for the independent music scene in Cairo. With the rise of the local Electro-Shaabi scene, Refaat has turned his attention to this burgeoning genre, helping to propel local artists to international recognition. Refaat has toured in Europe, North Africa, the Arab World, and South America, presenting his varied work.
Reem Allam is the Executive Manager and Curator of D-CAF Festival. In 2018, Allam was selected as a juror for Switzerland’s biggest Zürcher Theater Spektakel festival, as part of the international jury board selecting the ZKB prizes. In 2017 she was a jury board member for Boska Komedia Theater Festival in Poland. Over the past years, Allam has worked in several international festivals, including London's Shubbak Festival, Edinburgh's Just Festival/Fringe Festival 2016, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 for the Arab Arts Focus Showcase. She has also completed the Masterclass of Theatrical Immersion at the Avignon Theater Festival in France. On behalf of Orient Productions company Allam managed the first international classical music festival at Cairo’s Manial Palace heritage. She was awarded an MA with distinction in Arts, Festivals, and Cultural Management from Edinburgh University and received the 2018 Finalist Social Impact Award from the British Council's UK Alumni Awards.