Education & Community


With Crescent Enterprises as Lead Partner, in 2015, the UAE welcomed the Middle East Theatre Academy’s (META) “Home Grown” initiative, an intensive theatre training programmed designed to discover and celebrate young talent of different nationalities and cultures across the MENA Region. The joint initiative co-founded by world-renowned actor, director and producer Kevin spacey (The Kevin Spacey Foundation) and Badr Jafar, welcomed 34 youths from across 15 different countries to participate. After two-weeks of intense training, the transformed actors, showcased their talents in their inaugural performance of the play ‘Dhow Under the Sun,’ in Sharjah, UAE. In addition to developing future programmes for interested youth, META is working to export the ‘Dhow Under the Sun’ production to renowned theatres abroad, further celebrating the talent of the Middle East.