Marwa Manai is a, playwright, stage director, actress and professor based in Tunisia. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Superieure majoring in English Language, Literature and Civilization. She is a tenured assistant professor at the University of Tunis. She then graduated from the National School of Acting under the direction of the pioneer stage director Fadhel Jaibi. She got selected for the Tunisian National Theatre company to participate as assistant stage director and actress in Violences (2015) then as an actress and co-writer in Fentres Sur (2016)… by Raja Ben Ammar and again as an actress in Fears (2018) by Fadhel Jaibi and Jalila Baccar. She partook in different performances and writing collectives across Tunisia in addition to organizing several drama workshops. Her first play A.S.H. was selected for a residency grant at the International Cultural Center of Hammamet. She is the playwright and director of the Tunisian National Theatre’s production The Name of the Father (2019). She is also a co-organizer of Lectures, a series of readings of dramatic texts from the international repertoire held twice a month as an attempt to join her passion for literature to that of drama. Having worked on The Aesthetics of Violence in Macbeth for her graduation, she continues on the same vein by focusing on the bridges between Elizabethan and Contemporary drama for her doctoral thesis. Her work focuses on the fundamentally distinctive feature of the literary genre of drama as both text and performance.
On the Threshold
On the Threshold consists of an itinerary made-up of performances/installations which represents the labyrinth that is the mind of a writer. Throughout this itinerary, sketches of half-construed characters are met by the audience in their natural abodes.These threads are gradually inter-twined and merge together into a larger narrative thanks to a Master of Ceremony who leads the audience from one spot to another in a highly interactive performance.