Meriam Bousselmi


Ce que le dictateur n'a pas dit is a play of the award winning Tunesian author Meriam Bousselmi (artist in residence with Moussem). This play is about an ex-dictator, who starts conversations from a place of deep solitude and isolation.

Dates: 11 July showcase Pianofabriek, Brussels - 21/25 July Avignon (France), 14/16 January 2016 at Bozar (Tunis-festival Moussem)



Meriam Bousselmi was born in 1983 in Tunis. She is a talented bilingual writer, who writes in Arabic and French. Her work is translated into German and published by Hartmann Gmbh & STAUFFACHER. As a playwrighter and director she got her formation in the Arab African Training and Research Centre Theatre (2002 - 2007). Bousselmi also studied Law and Political Science, she is registered as a practising lawyer in Tunis since 2010.

Bousselmi participated in and directed many workshops in Tunis, Damascus, Beirut, Cairo, Belgium, Paris, Limoges, Avignon, Reunion ..

In 2007 she was twice awarded: She won the "Theatre Production Award for Young Arab Artists Creative " by Culture Resource Foundation for her play "Zapping-sous contrôle." And in the same year she won the Literary Prize, awarded by "Arab Fund for Arts and Culture" for her book "Brouillon de vie."

Her play "Mémoire en retraite" won the prestigious award from The Arab Forum Theatre: "Dr. Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi Award for the Best Arab Theatrical Work" in 2011. Artist in Residence at the Academy of Arts in Berlin in 2012 she designed "Truth Box," a traveling theatrical installation in several European cities: Berlin, Cologne, Luxembourg City, Müllheim.

Bousselmi directed several creations in coproduction with Theater an der Ruhr and Cologne Globalize. In 2013, she participated in the International Forum Theatre Meetings in Berlin (Berliner Theatertreffen der Festpsiele 2013) and she received the support of the World Academy of Arts Cologne for her creation "Le péché du Succès."

Winner in 2014 of the price of the BEST AUTHOR of the 7th Edition GREAT PRICE AFRICA FRENCH THEATRE. In 2015, Bousselmi became the first Arab writer invited to the FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN PLAYWRIGHTS in Copenhagen with her play "What the dictator did not say."