SAT. FEB 6 | Hosted Night by New Story Leadership featuring Paul Costello, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, G
Following the 8:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback with Paul Costello, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Gasan Abbas and Sivan Atzmon. Moderated by Founding Artistic Director Ari Roth.
A Benefit Performance of “I Shall Not Hate” for New Story Leadership. Click Here for Tickets.
President, Founder and CEO, Paul Costello is an educator, writer and recognized world expert and leader in the area of narrative practice. In addition to his role as founding director of The Centre for Narrative Studies, he has also designed a number of training and leadership programs that use the power of stories for transformative change, most notably as the architect behind the innovative narrative design of the 2000-2007, Washington Ireland Program.
He was also the founder of Rosies, Friends on the Street, a street outreach to the homeless that operates in 6 cities in Australia, and more recently, the South African Intern Program in 2006.
In 2008, when he retired from these intern programs, he received recognition from the United States 110th Congress and the Northern Ireland Assembly for his contribution to peace and reconciliation and for developing a powerful narrative way of peace-building. He holds degrees in History, Divinity, Education and an MFA from American University and he has recently published “The Presidential Plot”, a book on how stories shape American political and cultural life.
DR. IZZELDIN ABUELAISH
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, OOnt, MD, MPH, is a Palestinian physician and an internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist. Dr. Abuelaish has been nominated for three consecutive years for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims five consecutive years by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan, as well one of the 500 Most Powerful Arabs in the World. In Canada, he was named one of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, and was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2013. Dr. Abuelaish has been given seven honorary degrees from the University of Manitoba, Queen’s University, Victoria University, Sault College, McMaster University, University of Saskatchewan, and The University of Western Ontario. He has also received several prestigious awards, including the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award of Canada, the World Citizenship in Action Award, the Stavros Niarchos Prize for Survivorship, the Lombardy Region Peace Prize, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His long list of admirers includes Jimmy Carter, Nobel Laureates Elie Wiesel and John Polanyi, and Barak Obama. Dr. Abuelaish has been interviewed by prominent journalists, including Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, Sir David Frost and Zeinab Badawi, and he has appeared on prominent media outlets such as BBC News Hard Talk, Fox News Channel (FOX), CNN, Al Arabiya News, London’s The Telegraph, ABC, TVO, The Globe and Mail, The Economist, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Boston Globe, People Magazine. Dr. Abuelaish has been referred to as the Nelson Mandela of the Middle East, and has been compared to Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King.
Dr. Abuelaish’s internationally best-selling book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity, an autobiography that centers on his life, his achievements, and the loss of his daughters and nieces in the 2009 Gaza War, has been translated to 23 languages and has achieved critical acclaim. It has become a testament to his commitment to forgiveness as the solution to conflict and the catalyst towards peace. Dr. Abuelaish is the Founder and President of the Daughters for Life foundation, which provides education and leadership training to girls and women in the Middle East, regardless of religion and/or citizenship. Currently, Dr. Abuelaish lives with his five children in Toronto where he is an associate professor of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Gassan Abbas is an Israeli-Palestinian stage and screen actor. He received his education from the Tel- Aviv University, where his focus was on television and theater. He has worked in many of Israel’s leading theaters, including the Cameri Theater, and Beit Lessin Theater. He has either acted in, or directed, over 70 theater productions and 20 movies, including a number of foreign productions. In 2001, Abbas founded Diwan El-Lajon theater in his hometown of Umm al-Fahm. He was named Best Actor at the Carthage Cinema Festival in Tunisia in 2006, and again at the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre in 2009 for his role in Hertzel Said. Abbas currently works at the Habima Theater in Tel-Aviv.
Sivan Atzmon graduated with a bachelor in Psychology and Theatre with honors from Tel Aviv University, earning an MSc in Management and an education certificate. She was a FO in Victory 15 the civilian movement which was established in order to change the administration of Netanyahu. She aspires to encourage social change through Theatre. Sivan has just graduated the NSL Program in the summer, interning at the Mosaic Theatre and returned from London, where she participated in an intensive workshop on Social Theatre. Her Project for Change from NSL is to develop a Theatre Program focused on social change with young leaders in the region.