Sivan Battat is a theatre director, teaching artist, and community organizer based in New York City, focused on new play and new musical development and community based theater. Of Iraqi-Jewish-American descent, Sivan is interested in the messiness of identity. She prioritizes intersectional feminist work, shared ownership with collective creative agency, playfulness, and transformative audience experiences.
Sivan is currently Artistic Coordinating an intersectional community event called Mimouna with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice to celebrate shared ritual histories of Jews and Muslims, and to honor the beautiful heterogeneity of the Mizrahi and Sephardi Jewish community. In addition, Sivan is a Dorot Fellow, studying Mizrahi Feminisms and Arabic and organizing for justice in Israel-Palestine.
Previously, Sivan developed and directed Unstoppable, a rock musical based on and performed by a group of elementary and middle school students in the South Bronx at The Sheen Center. She also served as an Artist Organizer on a radical queer retelling of the Purim Story with the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee, in cahoots with Jews For Racial and Economic Justice and Great Small Works. Sivan is also developing several new musicals, including Michelle J. Rodriguez's folk-, bluegrass- musical East O', West O'!, which has been supported in development by Ars Nova, NYTW, and Steppenwolf, as well as JIRAN, an original musical she is developing alongside Rodriguez, which had its first reading last year at Victory Gardens.
Sivan has assistant and associate directed various productions, working alongside artists including Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman (School Girls, MCC), Neil Pepe, GT Upchurch, David Muse, Ethan McSweeney, Brian MacDevitt, Serge Seiden, Matt Torney, Lily Whitsitt, Leila Buck, Kim Weild, and Rachel Shapiro Alderman. She spent a year as the Artistic Apprentice at Studio Theatre in Washington DC, where she assistant directed the full main-stage season, and contributed to season planning, community engagement coordination, and casting.
Sivan has worked with communities in the US and abroad. Select experiences include working at the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa in Tel-Aviv, Jaffa, Israel, Stories of a New America, developed with refugee communities in New Haven at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in association with Collective Consciousness Theatre, and a commission for the Muslim Women’s Voices Series at Wesleyan University entitled In/Between, which she developed with the Doris Duke Building Bridges Grant alongside artist Leila Buck. Sivan is also a cultural worker and organizer with the Mizrahi Caucus with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), organizing political action and leading storytelling and other workshops in New York City.
Sivan trained at the Moscow Art Theater School, and attended Wesleyan University, where she earned a degree in Theatre & Social, Cultural & Critical Theory.
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