We aim to bring together a small group of experienced practitioners to have a long-term relationship with Manara Theatre as we grow. These practitioners will offer advice and artistic rigour to the company as well as getting involved in specific projects.
Diyan Zora - Associate Director
Diyan is an Iraqi born London based theatre director. She is currently associate director to Alexander Zeldin at the National Theatre, with whom she has worked for the last 2 years. Her first play as director was a bilingual English-Arabic Othello, which sold out a 3 week run at Barons Court Theatre. She has since then directed new plays by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Martin Crimp, Hannah Khalil, Fiona Doyle and Silva Semerciyan. She was associate director on The Ferryman in the West End. She was also associate on the National Theatre European tour of Love, which performed at the Autumn festival at Théâtre de L'Odéon, Paris. Diyan has also assisted at the Young Vic, Royal Court and Arcola theatres. Three projects she has worked on have been filmed for the BBC as part of performance live. She has a degree in law with english literature, and a masters in human rights, with a focus on women's rights in Iraq. She had her first poem published at the age of 15, and has since then been published in various anthologies.