Commissioned Works

Commission for Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan

Leila Buck

Leila Buck was commissioned by the Center for the Arts to write a new play as part of the Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan program. The work is informed by the experiences of Muslim Women, both abroad and in the United States. She researched the piece in Lebanon during the summer of 2014 and in Connecticut with members of Muslim Community and with Wesleyan students and faculty during the 2014-2015 academic year.

As part of her research, Buck taught “Beyond the ‘Veil’: Representations and Realities of Muslim Women in the U.S.” in the fall of 2014. In this course students used artistic methods to research and examine the dominant representations of Muslim women in United States mainstream media, and engage with the complex realities of Muslim women's lives through personal narratives and in-person connections. The course included a service-learning component where students connected with Muslim women in Connecticut and beyond, while exploring the politics of representation and the role of story in shaping our perceptions of and relationships to Muslim women in the United States and beyond.

A workshop performance of the commission will be presented at Wesleyan on April 17 and 18, 2015 at 8pm in World Music Hall.

Leila Buck is a Lebanese American actress, writer, and teaching artist. Buck has been teaching for over a decade and in this time has performed and taught at institutions throughout the country. Travel throughout Europe and the Arab world, in addition to her proficiency in French, Spanish, and Arabic inform her work’s interdisciplinary approach and emphasize her explorative spirit. Buck is a Wesleyan graduate, class of 1999.

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