Peter Sellars & Maya Zbib

American Theatre mentor Peter Sellars and his Lebanese protégée Maya Zbib discuss her work and future projects. Zbib is a founding member of the Zoukak Theater Company.

American Theatre mentor Peter Sellars and his Lebanese protégée Maya Zbib discuss her work and future projects. Zbib is a founding member of the Zoukak Theater Company.

Ashrafiyeh is the lively quarter of Beirut where Zbib lives and where her theatre company Zoukak is located. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010.

Ashrafiyeh is the lively quarter of Beirut where Zbib lives and where her theatre company Zoukak is located. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010.

Protegée Maya Zbib is a theatre/performance artist living and working in Lebanon. 
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Protegée Maya Zbib is a theatre/performance artist living and working in Lebanon. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars and Maya Zbib use Zoukak Theatre Company’s rehearsal room in Beirut to exchange ideas on how to stage a production. 
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars and Maya Zbib use Zoukak Theatre Company’s rehearsal room in Beirut to exchange ideas on how to stage a production. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

For mentor Peter Sellars step one of being a director is to “ask the questions that everyone else is dying to ask”.
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

For mentor Peter Sellars step one of being a director is to “ask the questions that everyone else is dying to ask”. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Maya Zbib sees theatre as a way to recalibrate her world. She co-founded Zoukak to create new works and conduct drama therapy in refugee camps.
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Maya Zbib sees theatre as a way to recalibrate her world. She co-founded Zoukak to create new works and conduct drama therapy in refugee camps. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars and Maya Zbib find they relate easily despite vastly different backgrounds. 
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars and Maya Zbib find they relate easily despite vastly different backgrounds. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Members of the Zoukak Theatre Company prepare costumes for an exercise. The six-member collective creates new works and conducts drama therapy in refugee camps.
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Members of the Zoukak Theatre Company prepare costumes for an exercise. The six-member collective creates new works and conducts drama therapy in refugee camps. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Members of the Zoukak Theatre Company prepare for a drama exercise.
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Members of the Zoukak Theatre Company prepare for a drama exercise. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars and Maya Zbib visit the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Television at the University of Beyrouth. December 2010. Beirut, Lebanon

Peter Sellars and Maya Zbib visit the Department of Theatre, Cinema and Television at the University of Beyrouth. December 2010. Beirut, Lebanon

For Peter Sellars a trip to Beirut was an essential part of understanding his protegée Maya Zbib. 
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

For Peter Sellars a trip to Beirut was an essential part of understanding his protegée Maya Zbib. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars talks to a technician at the Theatre de Beyrouth. 
University of Beyrouth. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars talks to a technician at the Theatre de Beyrouth. University of Beyrouth. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Maya Zbib was able to see her environment with a fresh perspective due to Peter Sellars’ observations. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Maya Zbib was able to see her environment with a fresh perspective due to Peter Sellars’ observations. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

An external view of the Theatre de Beyrouth.
Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

An external view of the Theatre de Beyrouth. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars finds the mentorship “is opening doors and windows in all directions.” University of Beyrouth,  Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

Peter Sellars finds the mentorship “is opening doors and windows in all directions.” University of Beyrouth, Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

For Peter Sellars, meeting Maya Zbib in Beirut made him “want to be far less judgemental about what people are doing in that part of the world”. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010

For Peter Sellars, meeting Maya Zbib in Beirut made him “want to be far less judgemental about what people are doing in that part of the world”. Beirut, Lebanon, December 2010