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Dana Dajani

Award-winning Actress and Spoken Word Artist, Dana Dajani, combines theatrical flair and word play in three poems about the future of leadership, the global refugee crisis, and taking risks.

Dana Dajani is an award-winning Palestinian writer, performer, and activist. Her work as an actress, trainer, and consultant has taken her around the world: from performing theatre for young audiences at Adventure Stage Chicago, to teaching at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, to acting in a new work premiering at the Sydney Opera House, to managing the theatre and film departments during the re-launch of the Princess Haya Cultural Center in Amman.

Dana has been based in the UAE for the past 8 years, where she has collaborated with institutes across the country; like the Kevin Spacey Foundation & Middle East Theatre Academy to create a pilot program for youth in Sharjah, the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi to create a Drama Therapy Program for children with Autism, and in Dubai where she regularly performs in theatre and film, and hosts corporate events in both Arabic and English.

Dana’s work as an event MC and panel moderator has given her the opportunity to interview and host many international executives, experts, speakers, and inventors from a variety of industries. Her specialization as a presenter has been in events concerning Education, Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the Environment. Her work as a performer and public speaker has also lead to many opportunities to offer speaking, performance, and writing trainings for an array of professionals, as well as role play facilitation for corporate clients.

Just 5 years after relocating to Dubai, Dana was honored as Emirates Woman "Artist of the Year" and received the Young Arab Award for Entertainment in 2016. She was also recognized by Stylist Arabia as one of the "50 Influential and Inspirational Women in the UAE".

Additionally, Dana is a published author and poet. As a poet, Dana uses her theatrical background to give her spoken word a very performative edge. She has been invited to present her poetry in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. In Dubai, Dana can also be spotted performing her spoken-word poetry  in two musical collaborations, Floetics and Type Two Error.

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