PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Columbia University

Artistic Director, Borderline Theatre Project .    www.georgebajalia.com  @ageorgeb


A. George Bajalia is an anthropologist (Ph.D Candidate, Columbia University) and theatre director based between Morocco and New York. He is the co-founding Artistic Director of mobile arts lab Borderline Theatre Project with Tom Casserly (Tony Award for Best Musical, Fun Home). With Borderline and through the support of the American Language Centers of Morocco, he has directed F7ali F7alek (a Moroccan Arabic take on West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, and the story of Tislit and Isli) as well as produced the annual Youmein Creative Media Festival in Tangier, Morocco. For the screen, he has directed With Rugs Unfurled: The Social Life of a Moroccan Rug, as well as Multi Meets Poly: Multiculturalism and Polyculturalism go on a first date. His academic and artistic work has been supported by: CAORC-Mellon Mediterranean Research Fellowship, the American Institute of Maghrib Studies Long-Term Fellowship, Fulbright Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and research fellowships from Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. He is also a research fellow associated with the collective Think Tanger. His research and artistic interests intersect in the borderland narratives of northern Morocco, and the social, linguistic, and political formations that emerge through waiting at borders. He holds a BA from Northwestern University's School of Communication, and an MA and M.Phil from Columbia University in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. More information about his creative work and research can be found online at www.georgebajalia.com // agb2153@columbia.edu