NAHAL NAVIDAR is an Iranian-born dramatist raised in upstate New York. Her work is motivated by the exploration of social issues while employing magical elements to awaken the expanse of human emotion. Nahal’s plays have been developed at Silk Road Rising, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, The Vagrancy Writer’s Group, Rogue Machine Dramaturge’s Table, Coeurage Theatre CoLab Play Development, Pasadena Playhouse, Playwright’s Arena, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Golden Thread Productions, Company of Angel’s New Play Series, The Kennedy Center, and The University at Albany.
In 2005, Nahal founded the Fabulous Invalid Theatre Company in the Micronesian island Saipan whose mission was to promote the diverse voices of the Marianas. Nahal’s diverse and multi-cultured background has had the most profound impact on her writing. As a Middle Eastern artist living in a post 9/11 world, her plays investigate issues of cultural identity and often feature characters who feel misplaced and yearn for a proverbial home. Nahal received her M.F.A. training at U.S.C.’s School of Dramatic Arts. She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America.