meet the Alternating Currents team

Adam Kraar headshot by Karen Christino

Adam Kraar (Playwright)

Adam Kraar’s work includes a quartet of plays about American families living in Asia, and a play inspired by the Civil Rights Movement’s “Freedom Summer.”


His plays have been produced and/or developed at Primary Stages, The Public Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Theatreworks USA, The New Group, NY Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane, LaMama, Geva Theatre, Performance Network and many others.  Fellowships from:  Manhattan Theatre Club, Bogliasco Foundation, Millay Colony, New River Dramatists and Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  Adam’s plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Applause Books (including six BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS anthologies).


Recent work includes DANCING ON THE EDGE (Theatre Novi Most); GREEN-WOOD (Theatre East); EMPIRE OF THE TREES (Wizard Oil Productions at Abingdon Theatre; NY Innovative Theatre Awards’ Outstanding Script Nominee); NEW WORLD RHAPSODY (Manhattan Theatre Club commission; Bloomington Plays Project); WILD TERRAIN (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays) and FREEDOM HIGH (Queens Theatre in the Park).


Adam is an Affiliated Writer of The Playwrights’ Center and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.  He was previously a Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, a Featured Artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and was twice a resident playwright at the Inge Center for the Arts.


Adam grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S.  He earned an MFA at Columbia University, has taught theatre at the University of Rochester, Adelphi University, and Hampshire College, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karen.


Kareem Fahmy (Director)

Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent who focuses on new play development. He is a 2017-2018 National Directors Fellow with The O’Neill/NNPN/The Kennedy Center/SDC. He has directed and co-conceived a number of world premiere productions including James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times 5 Must-See Shows), Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Rising Circle, New York Times Critics’ Pick), and Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre). Other recent: Rohina Malik’s The Mecca Tales (Voyage Theater Company), Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage).


He’s developed plays with organizations including New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, The Civilians, and Berkeley Rep. Kareem is currently a Resident Director at The Flea Theater, and is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, and NTYW’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. NYTW Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia.