Andrea Assaf is the founding Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc. A performer, writer, director, and cultural organizer, she has a Masters degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in Acting, both from NYU. She’s currently a “Building Bridges” Artist-in-Residence and guest faculty at the University of South Florida. Former positions include Artistic Director of New WORLD Theatre (2004-09), and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04). Andrea is an acclaimed performer and director, who tours nationally and internationally. 2015 performances of her original work, Eleven Reflections on September, include La MaMa ETC, The Apollo Theater, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Awards include: 2014 Princess Grace Foundation “Special Projects” Award, 2011 NPN Creation Fund commission, 2010 Princess Grace/Gant Gaither Theatre Award for Directing, 2007 Hedgebrook Residency for “women authoring change,” and 2004 Cultural Contact grant with Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro. She serves on the Board of the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists (CAATA), and Alternate ROOTS. She is a member of RAWI, the Radius of Arab American Writers.