MAY ADRA (director) is an actor, director, applied theatre practitioner, and teaching/community artist. She just graduated with her Applied Theatre Masters from CUNY SPS as a Fulbright Scholar from Lebanon. Her latest thesis capstone project with her thesis partner, MorganJade Booker, used storytelling and theatre as a tool towards agency, discussing societal issues, healing, and creating art that challenges ‘misery porn’. They worked a multidisciplinary arts effort alongside a government based organization and arts initiative that teaches the craft of needlework, jewelry making, and other artistic forms of visual creation as part of an existing vocational training and financial independence program with women, women of color, and immigrants who have been through forms of abuse, ending with a culminating showcase. May also collaborated as a devisor, actor, and co-director on a piece with Morgan titled, Anywhere But Here, about young women of color who have gone missing. As a Middle Eastern Arab and immigrant woman in the U.S. co-directing with Morgan, who identifies as an African American woman, the performance highlights interesting lenses, intersections and differences with regards to their identities around themes of womanhood, diaspora, the body, borders, and home. This was performed at the Kraine Theatre in March 2019. May is also a teaching artist assistant with Ping Chong + Company at their ‘Secret Histories’ storytelling residency program. She worked with 6th graders around identity, belonging, and community, towards a culminating performance. May acted in artistic and social productions, as well as supported community-based theatre projects in Lebanon before moving to the US in 2017.