INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CREATION AND TRAINING (I-ACT)
Taking its inspiration from its location- Alexandria- the world's ancient ‘meeting place', director and playwright Mahmoud Aboudoma founded I-act in 2003. The International Association for Creation & Training uses the arts, and specifically theatre, to advocate for and enhance social change and freedom of expression. For several years, I-act has been at the center of the artistic scene in Alexandria and Egypt. I-act founded the "Creative Forum for Independent Theatre Groups", an annual international event that adopted an anti-festival concept and over its 7 successful editions presented diverse theatre performances, publications and dialogue programs in addition to training and capacity building workshops for local and international artists. Since 2012, I-act established its new international and multidisciplinary event "Backstreet Festival" and currently, I-act is also running its own entrepreneurial art space and social hub ‘Teatro Eskenderia'.
ALTERNATIVE THEATER GROUP (ATG)
The Alternative Theatre Group (ATG),was founded in 1989 by Mahmoud Aboudoma and Awatef Ibrahim as the first independent theater group in Alexandria. Over the past 27 years ATG has shown numerous productions in Egypt and abroad. This has resulted in numerous international collaborations including Sweden, Germany, Austria and many more. The troupe is specialized in storytelling and since 2007, ATG has had its own studio in which to develop a new generation of professional theater makers.