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Philip Himberg

Artistic Director, Sundance Institute Theatre Program
New York, NY

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Philip Himberg supports the development of theatre artists from the MENA region and connects Arabic-speaking artists and American artists, facilitating more complex depictions of Arabs and Muslims.


Since 1997, Philip has overseen all aspects of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Under his aegis, the Institute’s developmental theatre labs have supported hundreds of artists and new plays and musicals that have gone on to production and acclaim at regional theatres across the U.S., including Broadway, and at international venues.

The Theatre Program’s core International work currently focuses on an ongoing interaction with Arabic language theatre makers across the Mediterranean basin, in North Africa, the Middle East and those MENA artists now living in the EU. Sundance has hosted theatre labs across the region including a residency with Syrian playwright newcomers to Germany and Europe. 

Philip’s most recent play PAPER DOLLS received its world premiere in London and just had its U.S. premiere in Washington DC. The play looks at Filipino gay immigrant communities in Tel Aviv. He is a former Tony Award Nominator and Past President of the Board of TCG (Theatre Communications Group). He has taught at NYU Tisch and the Yale Drama School. Mr. Himberg also holds a degree as a doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.


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