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 Hamburg, Germany at the Theater der Welt Festival, 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 residencies from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Palestinian Museum, Queens Museum of Art, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. In 2018 they will be artist in residents at the le Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris for the creation of a new work; and grants awarded by the A.M. Qattan Foundation, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, al-Mawred al-Thaqaafi, American Dance Abroad, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Dance Advancement Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund, and the O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation.

board of directors.

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