Connecting Cultures documents and celebrates the unique experiences of Muslim youth and other underrepresented communities in and around Louisville, Kentucky.

Image courtesy of Denmo Ibrahim.
Image courtesy of Denmo Ibrahim.

In 2019, CTC was awarded $225,000 by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) to expand our Connecting Cultures theatre residency into a three-year, multifaceted, multigenerational instrument for sharing, understanding, and overcoming perceptions of difference. With Connecting Cultures, theatre gives people from communities viewed as “different,” particularly the Muslim community, the tools to find their voices, document their stories, and see their experiences brought to life in original plays performed across the region. These performances will invite audiences to see themselves in the human struggles and triumphs that transcend labels, stereotypes, and “otherness.”

We seek to empower participants by providing a platform for their voices to be heard while raising cultural and social awareness. This project will encourage positive change by giving a voice to youth who haven’t been heard, and by inviting audiences ranging from those in Louisville to individuals living in surrounding rural communities to embrace their shared humanity.

In celebrating the richness and diversity of Louisville and Kentucky, Connecting Cultures is building bridges of understanding about how different people experience the world around us.

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“Seeing people for who they are, what they value, and how they fit into the tapestry of American identities begins with moments of personal connection.”

Charlie Sexton, CTC Artistic Director

Meet the Team

Meet Playwright Denmo Ibrahim

Denmo Ibrahim is a first-generation Egyptian-American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. A Sundance Theatre Lab Finalist, the SF Chronicle called her “a tower of strength in the Bay Area theatre scene.” 

Meet Director Zeina Salame

Zeina Salame has deep roots in educational theatre, theatre for young audiences, and community based/applied theatre work.

She is also a director, actor, and scholar with a PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon.