Tours & Events

FALL 2016:

September 28, 2016 – Public Talk & Book Signing by Cherrie Moraga @ USF (details coming soon!)

September 29-October 2, 2016Mathematics of Love by Cherrie Moraga, directed by Dora Arreola @ USF Theatre 2 (co-presented by Art2Action & USF School of Theatre & Dance)

October 4-5, 2016Eleven Reflections on September, National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival @ OSF!  Featuring Andrea Assaf, Lubana Al Quntar, Eylem Basaldi and April Centrone.  Visit

October 15, 2016 – Andrea Assaf directs Speed Killed My Cousin (by Linda Parris-Bailey & The Carpetbag Theatre) at ASU Gammage

November 6, 2016 – The Veterans Community Open Mic reignites, with a special guest performance by the incredible singing duo, The War & Treaty!  Co-hosted by Andrea Assaf & Linda Parris-Bailey, at a NEW LOCATION: Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.  (…AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE ON NOV 8TH!!)

December 4, 2016 – Veterans Community Open Mic, with guest host, Andresia “Real” Moseley!  Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa.

January 1, 2016Veterans Community Open Mic, New Years Day extravaganza!!  Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, Tampa. Stay tuned for details!

February 2-5, 2017 – “R&R Festival: From Recovery to Rejuvenation” – performances by, for, about and with veterans, in conjunction with the National Summit on Arts & Health in the Military (co-organized by Americans for the Arts) @ USF Theatre 1 and associated locations!

July 2017 — MARK YOUR CALENDARS for The National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation: Next Generation Artists. A partnership with Pangea World Theatre, Minneapolis.  Applications available in 2017!

Past Events

Jan 17-Feb 16, 2014       (pre)Occupation, Curated by Jo Novelli       Phoenix, AZ

March 29, 2014             Struggle, Resilience & Transformation: Queer Arabs in the Diaspora Group Reading @ Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington, DC

April 10, 2014 — A2A presents… THIS Bridge: Leila Buck In the Crossing: Open Studio & Dialogue,  7-9 PM @ USF Department of Theatre, Studio 120, Tampa, FL.

June 13, 2014 — Engaging Military Veterans in Your Community Through the Arts.  Art2Action, The Carpetbag Theatre, and the VA-PRRC will present an in-depth case study on our collaborative work with veterans in Tampa, at the Americans for the Arts National Convention in Nashville, TN.  Friday, 5-6:30 PM. 

June 20, 2014 — Activate Equity: Directing & Ensemble Creation workshop @ TCG National Conference, San Diego, CA.

June 26, 2014 — I AM / NOT Enamored durational performance intervention by Andrea Assaf @ Hemispheric Institute, Montreal, Canada

August 28, 2014 8:30 PM — THIS Bridge: Negin Farsad Comedy Show! @ USF Marshall Center, Oval Theatre.  BUY TICKETS

August 29, 7:30 PMThe Muslims Are Coming! Film Screening & discussion with co-producer, Negin Farsad @ USF-Tampa University Lecture Hall (ULH 101)

September 8 & 10, 8 PM — Eleven Reflections on September Concert Performance, featuring THIS Bridge: Aida Shahghasemi & Andrea Assaf @ Barness Recital Hall, USF School of Music. 

September 12, 7:30 PM — Eleven Reflections on September Concert Performance, featuring Andrea Assaf and Aida Shahghasemi. Part of  “Global Fridays” @ Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

September 19, 2014, 2:30 PM — Andrea Assaf & Aida Shahghasemi perform at the 5th national gathering of RAWI, with Mizna @ The Open Book, Minneapolis, MN.

October 5, 5-9 PM — SPECIAL EVENT!  WUSF records the VETERANS OPEN MIC LIVE! with guest artists Donna Mejia & Linda Parris-Bailey (The Carpetbag Theatre), 6:30-9 PM @ Sacred Grounds Coffee House.  Come early, at 5 PM, for a FREE Creative Writing Workshop!

October 7, 12:30-1:30 PM — THIS Bridge: Donna Mejia, transnational fusion dance artist mixes Arab & North African forms with Hip-Hop and Electronica in this special lecture-demonstration, @ the USF School of Music, Barness Recital Hall.  FREE!

November 8, 7:30 PM — THIS Bridge:  Panel Discussion & USF Fall Dance Concert, featuring choreography by Donna Mejia.  For tickets & details, visit the USF School of Theatre & Dance.

November 14 Mujeres en Ritual 15th Anniversary / Quinceaños Celebration!  CECUT, Mexico

November 15Eleven Reflections on September at FeLiNo 2014, CECUT, Mexico

December 3 & 5, 8 PM — THIS Bridge: Devised Theatre showcase — USF students perform ORIGINAL work @ USF Theatre (TAR 120)

January 11, 2015, 9-10:30 AM — Building Bridges panel, APAP conference (Sheraton Hotel, Gramercy Room)

January 12, 2015, 6:30-8:30 PM — Hi-ARTS Open House & Launch of “11Reflections NYC” featuring Andrea Assaf, Donna Mejia, and Aida Shahghasemi!

February 21, 3 PMTHIS Bridge: Cristal Chanelle Truscott & Progress Theatre present their newest work, The Burnin’ at USF Theatre 1, Saturday matinee (2/21). Co-sponsored by the USF Institute for Black Life and the School of Theatre & Dance.  TICKETS are $10 for students/veterans/seniors, and $15 general admission at the box office.

March 20 THIS Bridge: Heather Raffo, Iraqi American playwright, presents work-in-progress of her new libretto, Fallujah, at the USF School of Music Concert Hall.

March 26-29Indigenous Artists Gathering as part of the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation. A partnership with Pangea World Theatre, Minneapolis.

April 1, 6pm — THIS Bridge: Arab American Writers Panel, featuring Naomi Shihab Nye, Tahani Salah, and Amir Rabiyah, moderated by Andrea Assaf.  In partnership with the USF Humanities Institute.

April 9, 8pmTHIS Bridge: National Poetry Month Celebration!  @ Oval Theatre, USF Marshall Center.  Don’t miss our extraordinary line-up, featuring award-winning poets Tahani Salah, and Amir Rabiyah, hosted by Tampa Bay’s own Andresia “Real” Poet, and DJ Cotton!  Co-sponsored by the USF Arab Cultural Association, Humanities Institute and English Department.

April 30-May 17, 2015Eleven Reflections on September – NYC PREMIERE @ La MaMa! In partnership with Hi-ARTS

June 11-14, 2015Art2Action @ WOW “Women of the World” Festival @ The Apollo!

June 29-July 2, 2015Women Playwrights International Conference includes a workshop on working with veterans, featuring Andrea Assaf & Linda Parris-Bailey.  Cape Town, South Africa.

August 13-18, 2015National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation: Peer Leadership Exchange. A partnership with Pangea World Theatre, Minneapolis.

September 25 — THIS Bridge: Aya Tarek Art Talk. Egyptian graffiti artist & muralist introduces her work to Tampa.  FREE event!  3:30pm @ FAH 290 (University of South Florida, College of the Arts).  Drop by the Contemporary Art Museum, Sept 25-30, to see Aya painting a new work on campus!

September 28 — THIS Bridge: Film Screening: The Microphone, featuring a Q&A with Egyptian graffiti artist Aya Tarek (who’s in the film!).  FREE event, with popcorn!  7:30pm @ The Oval Theatre, Marshall Center (2nd floor), University of South Florida (USF), Tampa

October 1, 2015 — THIS Bridge:  Aya Tarek’s World Premiere of a new painting!  With FREE Middle Eastern food and fantastic DJs!  7-9pm @ the Contemporary Art Museum, USF-Tampa.  ON EXHIBIT THROUGH DECEMBER 2015

October 20, 2015 — THIS Bridge: Heather Raffo, award-winning Iraqi American playwright offers a special lecture on Cultural Diplomacy, in partnership with the USF Department of Government & International Affairs.  3:30pm @ USF Patel Center for Global Solutions, 1st floor auditorium.

November 12-15 & 19-22 — THIS Bridge: 9 Parts of Desire, by Heather Raffo, directed by Andrea Assaf.  Thurs-Sat 7:30pm and Sundays 3pm @ Theatre 2, University of South Florida (USF), Tampa.  Special Events: Live Music with the Five Stars Band, Nov 19 & 21, 7 PM @ Theatre 2.  Post-show Dialogues with the cast & director Andrea Assaf, Nov 19, 20 & 21.

February 22, 2016THIS Bridge: Aya Tarek Reception @ USF Graphic Studio

March 16, 2016 – “Poems, Protest & Pennsylvania” – Andrea Assaf performs @ Penn State

March 29, 2016 – THIS Bridge: 30 Plays in 30 Years: An Evening with Bina Sharif, 8 PM @ The Oval Theatre (USF Marshall Center).

Eleven Reflections on September

September 15, 2015 — Eleven Reflections on September @ The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage!  Part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival, Washington DC.  FREE!  One night only!  Vist the Millennium Stage.

June 11-14, 2015Art2Action @ WOW “Women of the World” Festival @ The Apollo!  Catch Dora Arreola on the “Yearning to be Free” panel Saturday, 4pm @ CUNY.  And see excerpts of #11Reflections as part of the WOW ARTIST TAKE-OVER @ the Apollo Soundstage, Sunday at 3 PM, in partnership with Hi-ARTS.  Featuring Andrea Assaf, Donna Mejia, Eylem Basaldi, Natalia Perlaza, special guest Mankwe Ndosi, and much more!

April 30-May 17, 2015Eleven Reflections on September – NYC PREMIERE @ La MaMa!
La MaMa, First Floor Theatre
General Admission $18 | Students/Seniors $13
T: 646.430.5374
74 East 4th St. NY, NY 10003
Box Office Hours: Monday-Sunday 12-6pm

Reflections of NYC: Gallery Installation by Alice Mizrachi
Opening Reception April 23, 2015 at 7-9pm; Gallery Hours: Mondays and Fridays 2-5pm thru May 22

Art & Peace: A Community Dialogue
May 6, 2015, 6-9pm
Hi-ARTS Gallery
T: 718.497.4282 |
304 East 100 St. NY, NY 10018

November 15, 2014            Andrea Assaf solo performance @ FeLiNo / CECUT   Mexico

September 12, 2014         “Global Fridays” Concert @ Arab American National Museum

September 8 & 10, 2014    Barness Recital Hall, USF School of Music    Tampa, FL

December 8-11, 2011        Straz Center for the Performing Arts               Tampa, FL

October 6-9, 2011             The Carpetbag Theatre                                   Knoxville, TN

April 21-May 1, 2011         Premiere:  Pangea World Theater                   Minneapolis, MN

March 25, 2011                 Work-in-Progress:  DIWAN Forum for the Arts, CUNY, NY

March 24, 2011                 Work-in-Progress:  BAAD! Ass Women’s Festival, Bronx, NY

May 7, 2010                      Reading:  Centro Cultural Tijuana                    Tijuana, Mexico

November 11, 2009          Reading:  Zero Budget Festival, Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw, Poland

2007 Readings: Bowery Poetry Club (NY), Hedgebrook, Augusta Savage Gallery (MA)


Outside the Circle

June 25, 2013                   Staged Reading: Amigos Del REP, San Diego Repertory / Lyceum Theatre

November 16-17, 2012       Morphologies Queer Performance Festival    Minneapolis, MN

June 29-July 8, 2012          Jump-Start Performance / Esperanza Center       San Antonio, TX

May 10-12, 2012                 El Centro Su Teatro                                       Denver, CO

March 15-17, 2012              Premiere:  Pangea World Theater                Minneapolis, MN

December 28, 2011            Reading: Centro Cultural de la Raza              San Deigo, CA


 Cultural Organizing

Sept 30-Oct 9, 2013    “SPEED” the CAR: Creative Arts Reintegration Residency with The Carpetbag Theatre, Tampa, FL

December 1-8, 2012   National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation (pilot intensive) with Pangea World Theater, @ Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN

May 28-31, 2012         Arts & Democracy Project A-i-R, SEIU Convention, Denver, CO

December 8, 2011      National Pre-Conference on Directing & Ensemble Creation, with Pangea World Theater, @ USF Department of Theatre / NPN Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL

June 22-26, 2010      Creativity Lab, U.S. Social Forum, Detroit, MI



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