M.Safeer - Theater Director /International Festival Director
An award winning Theater Director, plays Wright, Publisher, author and Pioneer in introducing black box Theater concept to Sri Lanka (Founder and Chief Consultant of Inter Act Art - IAA) He has been involved in Theater and performing art for the last two decades at national and international level. His name is prominently said where a non Sinhalese has been nominated or awarded in the main stream Sinhala theatre.
His profession is publishing and he is an Author too. He is the author of the first book on Stage Management, the first to write on the Page Maker software in Sinhala and to write on the Black Box Theater (BBT) in Sinhala. He has been involved in developing Sinhala,Tamil and Muslim Youth Island wide through theater workshops and training sessions and also, skills development, attitude changing, co-existence and transformation for the last 25 years.
He has directed over 30 drama including short plays, long plays, Ballets ect. They are originals, translations as well as bi-lingual. The specialty is that being a Muslim he has contributed a lot for enhancement of Sinhala Theatre. He is also a resource person who contributes to Human resource development in main educational institutes and work places. He acts as a judge at National Theatre festival; theatre festivals organized by the ministry of education and also act as an instructor in training performing art teachers of the ministry.
He has been trained in human resource development and performing art. He is the pioneer in introducing Black Box Theatre and Forum Theater to Sri Lanka and is the only person to run a Black Box theatre house in Sri Lanka.
He too was the pioneer in organizing an international theatre festival (Colombo International Theater Festival) in Sri Lanka which was a need unfulfilled in the History.
Has worked as a chief consultant and programme director funded by International Organizations. (FLICT-GIZ, CENTRE FOR POVERTY ANALYSIS–CEPA, NeelanThiruchelvam Trust - NTT, German Cultural Centre- GI, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society- SLRC, US AID.
He has directed a drama at the FLAME (Foundation for Liberal Arts and Management Education) university, Pune – India on the invitation of the dean Prof. Vidyanidee Vanarase using the students of the university after conducting a workshop on ‘movement theatre’ in 2013.
He also has produced 3 non- verbal solos with the artists of the State of Goa – India on the invitation by the Director of the directorate of Culture and Arts of the government of Goa in 2015.
He is a member of the committee appointed by the Hon. Prime Minister to monitor the construction at John De Silva theatre and other theatres in Sri Lanka.
He is a member of the committee for formulating a new policy on culture and arts in Sri Lanka.
He is also an executive committee member of the National Federation of Theatre Artists in Sri Lanka. (NFTAS)
Sri Lankan Theatre Festival 2010
Black Box Short Play Festival 2010
Sri Lankan Theatre Festival 2011/2013/2014
Colombo International Theater Festival 2012 /2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018