Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT) aims to inspire trans-national dialogue and social discourse through artist development, education, and live performance.


YSDT has performed throughout New York City in the Downtown Dance Festival, Whitewave Festival, Joyce SoHo, HarlemStage, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Little Theatre and Mainstage Theatre, Queens Museum of Art, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center; in Becket, MA at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival; Columbus, OH at Fisher Theatre and BalletMet Performance Space; abroad in Tunis, Tunisia at the Spring Festival; Seoul, South Korea at the Seoul International Dance Festival; Amman, Jordan at King Hussein Cultural Center; Zarqa, Jordan at King Abdullah Cultural Center; Irbid, Jordan at Yarmouk University; East Jerusalem at al-Hakawati Palestinian National Theatre; Ramallah, Palestine at Al-Kasaba Theatre; and Bethlehem, Palestine at The Peace Center. YSDT has been awarded space residencies from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Queens Museum of Art, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center; and grants awarded by the al-Mawred al-Thaqaafi, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, US State Department, New York Foundation for the Arts, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, A.M. Qattan Foundation, and New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund.

board of directors.

Kristine Covillo, President
Tom Dussel
Rhoda Kanaaneh
Samar Haddad King, Treasurer
Ryan King
Sana Odeh
Zoe Rabinowitz, Secretary
Nathan Trice
Dave Welty