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Omar Elerian is a freelance theatre director, writer and dramaturg. Italian and of Palestinian descent, Omar trained in Italy and graduated from Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris in 2005. Omar was the resident Associate Director at the Bush Theatre from 2012-2019, where he commissioned and directed some of theatre’s most successful shows. As a sole director for the Bush, his credits include smash-hit Misty by Arinzé Kene (Bush, West End), NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour (Bush Theatre, Traverse Theatre and a world tour), Going Through by Estelle Savasta and Islands by Caroline Horton.

Omar is currently developing projects with the Almeida, National Theatre, HOME Manchester, Staadttheatre Mainz, Collective Ma’louba and The Shed in New York.