Ismail ibn Conner
Atlanta, GA, USA
Ismail ibn Conner is an actor, Krump dance choreographer, and acting coach touring Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in France (Paris, Dijon, Bordeaux, Rennes, Brest, Saint Quentin) as well as Bogota, Colombia. Centre Dramatique National Orléans' production of Jean Genet's Splendid's, under the direction of French director, Arthur Nauzyciel, featured performances by Mr. Conner in France (Orléans, Tours, Lille, Bourge, Reims, Tarbes, Paris, Lorient, Marseilles), South Korea, Switzerland, and Spain. Ismail is an Artistic Associate of 7 Stages Theatre (Atlanta) and founder of the United States Koltès Project, working in cooperation with François Koltès, on American English translations and international performances, which have produced performances in the U.S. and France: Dans la solitude des champs de coton, Le Jour des meurtres dans l'histoire d'Hamlet, and La Nuit juste avant les forêts (Biennale Koltès). Mr. Conner has performed in many works at 7 Stages including productions of Black Battles with Dogs by Bernard-Marie Koltès (This production was performed at Festival d'Avignon (In Festival), Hellenic Festival (Greece), Playing French Festival (Chicago) to name a few; Master Harold and the boys, by Athol Fugard (national tour); Skinwalkers by Murray Mednick; Iphigenia a rave fable by Caridad Svich. Ismail is also a Résidences Internationale aux Récollets Laureate and a La Chartreuse: Centre national des écritures du spectacle laureate. Mr. Conner was also in artistic residence at Université de Lorraine Paul Verlaine-Metz's B.M. Koltès theatre for Biennale Koltès 2009, working on translation of Le Jour des meurtres dans l'histoire d'Hamlet and Université de Lorraine Paul Verlaine-Metz's publication on translation: Bernard-Marie Koltès: Textes et Contextes, in which Mr. Conner's essay on acting, writing, and translation: Solitude, is featured. Another current international project by Mr. Conner is The Human Project: a theatre/dance/multimedia exploration of racial notions.