ASHTAR is a Palestinian non-profit NGO found in 1991, by two prominent actors Iman Aoun and Edward Muallem. Today ASHTAR is a group of professional female and male actors and directors, who use theatre beyond its artistic means to create social change in our society. ASHTAR’s work is spread out in Palestine and internationally. Working with youth and women, focusing on human rights issues.
One of ASHTAR’s specialty is ‘Theatre of the Oppressed – Forum Theatre’ methodology, that transforms a commonly passive audience into active and involved participants. Through the use of Forum Theatre, ASHTAR stands as an agent of change in Palestine.
To contribute to the creation of a cultured society that adopts the principles of freedom, justice and equality.
To utilize theatre as a tool to encourage and assert marginalized groups, youth and women to become agents of social change.
To help create imaginative, progressive and productive Palestinian youth, able to express themselves, and communicate with their surrounding creatively.