For over thirty years Judyie Al-Bilali has been an innovator in performing arts and arts education. She worked in off-Broadway, regional, community and educational venues and has collaborated with some of the most gifted theatre artists of her time along with members of the new, upcoming generation of talent.
Having taught at universities and colleges in the US she is now faculty in Educational Theatre at NYU. She was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa where she established and directed Brown Paper Studio, an Applied Theatre company and is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
Al-Bilali received her BA in African American Performing Arts and her MFA in Theatre from the University of Massachusetts. She is the recipient of a Jacob Javits Fellowship in Arts and Humanities, along with grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Foundation on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. As an arts administrator she has worked at Crossroads Theatre Company, New York State Council on the Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Kentucky Arts Council.
She published a book of haiku poetry, 'Halcyon Days' and lives in New York City with her daughter Lillian Hanan and their cats, Buster Rhymes and Coco Chanel.