Yussef El Guindi

Yussef El Guindi, Playwright

Representative Plays:

Refugee Rhapsody (2020)
Hotter than Egypt (2019)
Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith (2018)
Back of the Throat (2006)


Born in Egypt, raised in London and now based in Seattle, Yussef El Guindi’s work frequently examines the collision of ethnicities, cultures and politics that face Arab-Americans and Muslim Americans. El Guindi holds an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie-Mellon University, and has worked as a playwright at Silk Road Rising; literary manager for Golden Thread Productions; and playwright-in-residence at Duke University. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. El Guindi's most recent productions include "Hostages" at Radial Theater Project in Seattle, "The Talented Ones" at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland ( Santa Barbara Independent Indy Awards), "Threesome" at Portland Center Stage, ACT, and at 59E59 (winner of a Portland Drammy for Best Original Script), "Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World" (winner of the Steinberg/ American Theater Critics Association's New Play Award in 2012; and the 2011 Gregory Award) also at ACT, and at Center Repertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA) 2013; and "Language Rooms" (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award), co-produced by Golden Thread Productions and the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco; at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia (premiere), and at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Other productions: "Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat" was produced by Silk Road Rising and won the M. Elizabeth Osborn award. His play "Back of the Throat" (winner of L.A. Weekly's Excellence in Playwriting Award for 2006), "Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World", "Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes", "Such a Beautiful Voice is Sayeda and Karima’s City” have been published by Dramatists Play Service. "Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith", "Collaborator", "Threesome", "The Talented Ones" and "Hostages" have been published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc. "Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat" is published in the anthology Four Arab American Plays published by McFarland Books. In January, 2019, Bloomsbury will publish "Selected Works by Yussef El Guindi". Currently a Core Company playwright member at ACT in Seattle, 2018; and a Resident Artist at Golden Thread Production.

Source: New Play Exchange


Yussef El Guindi on New Play Exchange


Egyptian, English