Amal Walks Across America

Little Amal: Finding Friends in Harvard Yard

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Artistic Director’s Welcome

And welcome to the 2023/24 Season at A.R.T. I am very excited about the incredible artists who have created this year’s programming—a roster of must-see theatrical events. The season, which begins with an outdoor festival and includes the premieres of two musicals and two plays, explores themes of immigration, the American dream, and what it means to feel welcome in our country.

This event is part of Amal Walks Across America , the creation of Amir Nizar Zuabi (playwright for This Is Who I Am, which we presented virtually in our 2020/21 Season). With a name meaning “Hope” in Arabic, Little Amal is a twelve-foot tall puppet of a ten-year-old Syrian refugee girl. Since 2021, Amal has traveled across thirteen countries, meeting more than one million people in the process. She began her journey in Gaziantep, a Turkish town near the Syrian border. From there, she traveled westward—as so many other migrants have done and continue to do, in an international crisis of staggering scale—through Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and France before reaching the UK. Since then, she has also made trips to other destinations including New York City, Ukraine, and the United Nation’s COP26 Climate Conference in Scotland. Now, between September and November this year, Amal will journey 6,000 miles across the United States, visiting over 35 towns and cities, collaborating with over 1,000 US-based artists in the process.

It is an honor to welcome Amal to Boston at the beginning of this epic journey, including a special event staged in Harvard Yard on September 7. Amal’s walk through the Yard marks the start of Harvard’s ArtsThursdays this fall semester and would not have been possible without A.R.T.’s collaboration and partnership with the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA). In advance of Amal’s arrival to Boston, we have prioritized facilitating a series of intergenerational workshops designed to foster community dialogue about the refugee crisis and what it means to welcome Amal to Harvard’s campus. Guided by Project Director Brisa Areli Muñoz (Associate Director of 1776), A.R.T. teaching artists led these workshops at locations including the Harvard Ed Portal, the Boston Public Library, the Immigrant Learning Center, and the Malden Public Library with community members of all different backgrounds and connections to Amal. Some were learning about her story for the first time, while others were refugees themselves who could relate directly to Amal’s journey. The cast for the event on September 7 includes participants from these workshops, as well as the collaboration of many students from Harvard, Berklee, and MIT. The coalition of support for this event also extends to additional University partners, including the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Harvard University Asia Center, and the Harvard University Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights.

Thank you for joining us in welcoming Amal to Boston and Harvard. Following Amal Walks Across America, our season begins at the Loeb Drama Center with The Half-God of Rainfall, a new play by Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles), which also speaks to themes of international migration and welcome. I hope that these experiences will invite a broader conversation about what welcome means in our communities (at Boston, Harvard, and beyond) and encourage you to engage.

Thank you for joining us!

Diane Paulus
Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director

American Repertory Theater and ArtsThursdays/HUCA


Produced by The Walk Productions in association with the Handspring Puppet Company. The A.R.T./Harvard event is produced in collaboration with Harvard University Committee on the Arts as part of Harvard University’s ArtsThursdays, a university-wide initiative sponsored by Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA) that provides free public arts programming during the academic year. This event is made possible with the support of The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University; the Harvard Asia Center; and the Harvard University Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights.
Amal Walks Across America was made possible with an inaugural investment from the Doris Duke Foundation as well as leadership support from the Bezos Family Foundation. Additional generous support was provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Choose Love, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, The Shapiro Foundation, and Students Rebuild. U.S. Producing Partner The Office performing arts + film. Impact + Outreach The Soze Agency. Marketing Cause Lab. PR + Communications DKC.
A.R.T. Season support is provided by Harvard University, The Barr Foundation, The Bob and Alison Murchison New Work Development Fund, The Shubert Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Barton & Guestier, and Meyer Sound.
The A.R.T. 2023/24 Season is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
First performance at Harvard University on September 7, 2023.

For American Repertory Theater


Brisa Areli Muñoz

In collaboration with

A.R.T. Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus

Co-Music Directors

Ian Chan

Veronica Leahy

Props & Puppetry Design

Kat Nakaji

Yolanda Yuanlu Peng

Garden Mounds Design

Demitri Gadzios

Youtian Duan

+ @Snobs._ (Ping Sangkaeo + Benson Joseph)

Community Blanket Design

Cathy Wu

+ @Snobs._ (Ping Sangkaeo + Benson Joseph)

Recording Engineer/Producer

Gerson Lazo-Quiroga

Assistant Director

Emma Rogers

Creative Associates

Donya Pooli Yeganeh

Vahdat Yeganeh

Creative Advisor

Sarah Hunaidi

Production Stage Manager

Cate Agis

Assistant Stage Manager

Molly K. Bercutt


Oud Bahar Badieitabar
Cello Dani Beck
Piano Ian Chan
Percussion Rafael Moises Heredia Horimoto
Saxophone Veronica Leahy
Flute Jessica Shand

Sound Healing Lindsay Monal
The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

Community Performers

Immigrant Learning Center
Sally Nobeinger (A.R.T.-ILC Coordinator)
Asmaa Elbasil
Marie Louise Laguerre
Wesly Murat
Sally Nobinger
Lais Ribeiro
Styl Saint Louis
Sabal Ziadeh

Harvard Teachers:
Dara M. Badon
Talia Kahan
Joshua Peck
Heleah Soulati
Ramona Barrett
Sylvie Barrett
Alice Bingham
Eliza Farbkins
Hazel Farbkins
Elijah Herron
Emily Herron
Miyuki Kirby
Eila Laurens
Luisa Mostein
Daphna Normand
Eyoel Solomon

Willie Baracchi
Neelesh Batra
Valinda Chan
Michelle Coleman
Eva Frazier
Takayah Harris
Dalal Hassane
Sarah Hoffman
Karen Kirchoff
Fable Perkins
Chanuth Weeraratna
Sally Ann Williams

A.R.T. Partners

A.R.T.’s partners for Amal Walks Across America include CityStep; The Immigrant Learning Center; Harvard’s Graduate School of Design; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University; the Harvard University Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights; the Harvard University Asia Center; the Harvard University Office of International Education; the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Harvard University Committee on the Arts.

A.R.T. Summer Interns

Alceo Bertarelli, Kayla Sunshine Bey*, Julia Grullon*, Destine Harrison-Williams, Ash Jackson, William Pryor*, Tahmina Raoufi, Emma Rogers*, Mireya Sanchez-Maes*

*With support from the Harvard University Office of Career Services

For The Walk Productions


David Lan and Tracey Seaward

Artistic Director

Amir Nizar Zuabi

Executive Producer

Sarah Loader

Head of Education (International)

Alice Evans

Associate Artistic Director

Enrico Dau Yang Wey and Khadijat Oseni

Producing Partner and General Manager

THE OFFICE performing arts + film

Impact and Outreach

The Soze Agency

Marketing and Advertising

Cause Lab



Consulting Producer and Director of Fundraising

Jamie Bennett

Associate Director of Fundraising

Melissa Gallin

Education and Youth Consultants

Kayla Jackson and Jason Jacobs

Consulting Producer

Chris Wangro

For Handspring Puppet Company

Artistic Director

Adrian Kohler

Executive Producer

Basil Jones

Little Amal Touring Company

Puppetry Director

Enrico Dau Yang Wey

Technical Director

Muaz Jubeh


Ashley Winkfield

Ashley Winkfield

Bartolomeo Bartolini

Craig Leo

Emma Longthorne

Fida Zaidan

Mouaiad Roumieh

Nicole Baker

Sebastian Charles

Troy Feldman

Troy Feldman

Yukari Osaka

Programming Associate Producer

Bruna d’Avila

Deputy Events Production

Frances Caperchi

Production Manager

Ben Kramer

Sam Moore

Company Manager

Carol Blanco

Stage Manager

Erin Mullin

Production Coordinator

Ana Maroto


Sophien Riahi

Zakkaria Baggour

For THE OFFICE performing arts + film

Founding Director

Rachel Chanoff

Managing Director

Erica Zielinski

Programming Associate Producer

Bruna d’Avila

Artistic Team Coordinator

Soleil George

Co-Head of Events Production

Brendon Boyd

Meghan (Mego) Williams

General Manager

Chloe Golding

General Manager Deputy

Barbara Sartore

For The Soze Agency

Founding Partner

Michael Skolnik

Managing Director

Sonija Hyon

Social Impact Strategist

Max Skolnik

Senior Operations Manager

Liliana Avila

Director of Experimental

Jackie Palmer

Youth and Education

Flannery Miller

Social Impact Strategist

Malik Hassan

For Cause Lab


Jessica Toledano

Associate Creative Director

Trent Bullion

Associate Art Director

Hailey Walsh

Design & Marketing Associate

Aashi Jhaveri

Leremy Lugo


Managing DIrector / Partner

Joe DePlasco

Senior Vice President

Anna Feiner

Senior Account Supervisor

Ian Martin

Account Supervisor

Mariah Hurst

Danielle Villaluna

Jazmyn Strode

Account Executive

Lindsey Alpaugh

Account Coordinator

Lori Char

Jenique Dubose

A.R.T. Staff

Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director: Diane Paulus
Executive Director: Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

Managing Director: Anna Fitzloff
Director of Finance: Julia Goldmacher
Artistic Producer: Mark Lunsford
Director of Production: Krystin Matsumoto
Director of Artistic Programs & Dramaturg: Ryan McKittrick
Associate Artistic Director: Dayron J. Miles
Interim Director of Development: Scott Nichols
Director of Marketing and Communications: Jennifer Weissman

Editor & Associate Dramaturg: Robert Duffley
Artistic Coordinator & Special Assistant to the Artistic Director: Karina Cowperthwaite
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director: Jazzmin Bonner
Head of Voice & Speech: Erika Bailey
Associate Director, Pedagogical Programs: Marcus Stern
Associate Director, Pedagogical Programs: Julia Smeliansky
Production Manager, Pedagogical Programs: Jeremie Lozier
Assistant Production Supervisor, Pedagogical Programs & Departmental Events: Kat Sistare

Line Producer: Emma Watt
Associate Production Manager: Taylor Brennan
Company Manager: Shannon Kelley
Assistant Company Manager: Michael Mathey

Assistant to the Senior Advisor: Madison Baker
ACOM Program Assistant: Leah Harris
Learning Lead: Vahdat Yeganeh
Teaching Artists: Daniel Begin, Alissa Cordeiro, Sophie Garrigus, Jason Jedrusiak, Josephine Ross, Kristala Pouncy Smart, Donya Pooli Yeganeh

Public Relations Director: Rebecca Curtiss
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications: Susanna Jackson
Associate Director, Creative Services: Joel Zayac
Web and Digital Communications Manager: David Libbey
Assistant Graphic Designer: Dana Balletta
Marketing & Communications Assistant: Rachel Greene
Public Relations Assistant: Ashley Lyon

Associate Director, Advancement & Development Engagement: Michael Winn
Associate Director, Stewardship & Major Gifts: Lisa Field-Coleman
Assistant Director, Development Operations: Blair Laurie
Development Coordinator: Alicia Hartz

Director, Capital Projects: Peter Atkinson
Theater and Facilities Manager: Tracy Keene
Loeb Receptionists: Barbara Lindstrom, Maria Medeiros
Custodial Supervisor: Ana Osorioportillo
Custodial Team: Felipe Barahona, Anna Canazalez, Hugo Lopez, Santos Ruiz Lopez, Marvin Ventura
Facilities Maintenance Service Team: Anthony Radosta, Jeremiah Sullivan, Benedetto Valente

Interim General Manager: Ted DeLong

Controller: Toufiq Aitelfqih
Senior Payroll Coordinator: Alessandra Panares
Financial Assistant: Yvette Layne
Accountant: Nathan Pratt
Interim Support: David Jewett

Head of Patron Services: Emma Putnam
Ticket Services Manager: Heather Conroe
Assistant Ticket Services Manager: Tori Loubert
Ticket Services Representatives: Rachael Cohen, Jessica Golden, Emma Hunt
Ticket Services Staff: Taylor Fournier, Michelle Hong, Elliot Lazar, Alexia Rowe, Shelby Strachan
Front of House Manager: Matt Spano

Interim Technical Director: Ross Wick
Interim Assistant Technical Director: Brian Melcher
Head Scenic Carpenter: Peter Doucette
Lead Scenic Carpenter: York-Andreas Paris
Scenic Carpenters: Bill Hawkins, Ray Reyes
Term Scenic Carpenters: Dawn Morningstar, Luke Van Cleve

Charge Scenic Artist: Gerard Vogt
Assistant Charge Scenic Artist: Heather Morris
Term Scenic Artist: India Lee

Production Manager: Skip Curtiss
Artistic Projects and Events Sound Supervisor & Resident Designer: Alex Giorgetti
Artistic Projects and Events Lighting Supervisor & Resident Designer: Justin Paice
Artistic Projects and Events FOH Sound Engineer: Michael Policare

Stage Operations Manager: Kevin Belcher
Interim Assistant Stage Operations Manager/Deck Lead: Bernadette Benoit
Stage Hand: Errick Jersey
Staff Props Runner: Christina Donovan

Costume Manager: Muriel Mangual-Bennett
Assistant Costume Manager: Erica Desautels
Crafts Artisan: Jeffrey Scott Burrows
Draper: Sarah Karten
Stitcher: Stephanie Quartararo

Wardrobe Manager: Alycia Marucci
Wig and Wardrobe Dresser: Emily Damron
Dresser: Brian Choinski, Michelle Villada
Wardrobe Maintenance Support: Lia Maynard, Rachel Padula-Shufelt

Sound Manager: Camilo Atehortua
Assistant Sound Manager: Bryan Atterberry
Sound Technician (A2): Alison Schaefer

Lighting and Projections Supervisor: Matthew Adelman
Assistant Lighting Supervisor: Joseph Lorenzen
Lighting and Projections Programmer and Operator: Sumner Ellsworth
Electrician/Followspot Operator: Ryan Lemay, Callie Moos

Properties Manager: Erin Kehr
Assistant Properties Manager: Mariya Sudarska
Properties Carpenter: Patrick Goodsell