Her multi-genre work bridges theatre and performance by marrying the two practices through a variety of techniques. Having acquired a master’s in performance making from Goldsmiths, University of London, Zbib has created and performed in solo work, including The Music Box, a performance-installation staged in people’s houses and showcased at international festivals. She currently co-manages Beirut’s Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural Association, which she co-founded, and also teaches at Lebanese University’s Institute of Fine Arts. In 2009, she was invited to participate in the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International programme. Dedicated to theatre-making that has an impact on society, Zbib says of Peter Sellars, her mentor in the 2010-2011 Rolex Arts Initiative: “I am very inspired by Mr Sellars’ advocacy of theatre as a force for change.” During the mentoring year, she and Peter Sellars observed each other’s theatre work – and that of others – in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chicago and Beirut, developing a strong and lasting professional relationship.
September 2017 Youssou N’Dour and Maya Zbib’s Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural Association win 2017 prizes in the prestigious Japan Art Association’s awards.
April 2015 When four protégés come together in a small theatre in Beirut to collaborate on a performance, there is an explosion of creativity and goodwill.
July 2014 The Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural Association company appeared at London’s LIFT Festival.