HEATHER RAFFO (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright and actress whose work has been seen off Broadway, Off-West End in regional theater and in film. She is the author and solo performer of the play 9 Parts of Desire (Lucille Lortel award, Susan Smith Blackburn commendation, Drama League, OCC, Helen Hayes nominations), which The New Yorker called “an example of how art can remake the world”. The play was first produced in London’s Off-West End where critics hailed it as one of the five best plays in London. It’s off-Broadway premiere ran for nine sold out months and was a critic’s pick for over twenty -four weeks in a row. Since 2005, 9 Parts of Desire has been produced across the U.S. and was one of the top five most produced plays of the 2007-2008 American theater season. It has had international productions in over a dozen countries with current productions in Greece, Hungary and Sweden. Heather is the librettist for the opera Fallujah, which was developed as part of Kennedy Center’s International Theater Festival, it then received its world premiere at Long Beach Opera in March of 2016 and opened at New York City Opera later that year. A film was made of both the opera as well as a documentary titled Fallujah: Art, Healing and PTSD. Heather’s newest play, Noura, recently won Williamstown’s prestigious Weissberger Award and is on the Kilroy’s List. Noura had its world premiere at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C. before moving to Abu Dhabi in the spring of this year. Its New York premiere will be at Playwrights Horizons in their forthcoming 2018/19 season. Raffo’s work has been developed at the Kennedy Center, McCarter, The Public, Epic Theater Ensemble, Arena Stage, Noor Theater, Vancouver City Opera, The Arab American National Museum and at Georgetown’s Lab for Global Performance and Politics. She currently has commissions from the McCarter Theater and Williamstown and is the recipient of multiple grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to use theater as a means of bridge building between her Eastern and Western cultures. Her work has taken her to The Aspen Ideas Festival, London’s House of Commons, The U.S. Islamic World Forum and into hundreds of classrooms across our nation and internationally.