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'.



We are grateful for all our local and international partners we have worked with them over the years, and we would love to mention:

Goethe Institute – Swedish Institute – Pro Helvtia (Swiss Arts Council)
French Institute – Spanish Consulate in Alexandria – Italian Cultural Institute
Embassy of the Netherlands – The Hellenic Foundation – Greek Cultural Center
The Polish Embassy in Cairo – Austrian Cultural Forum – Japan Foundation
Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Editta Braun Theater Company – Ford Foundation
Dramatika Institute – American Cultural Center – Embassy of Switzerland
Schnawwl Theater Mannheim – Roberto Cimetta Fund – Cultural Resource
Jesuit Cultural Center – Kulturstiftung des bundes – Al Warsha Theater
Al Balad Theater – Arab Theater Training Center (ATTC) – Al Harra Theater
Studio Emad Eldin – El Funoun Group Palestine -  Museum of World Culture Sweden
Gudran Arts Association – Rezodance Center – Lycee Liberte d’ Alexandrie