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Yasmine Rana

Yasmine has had the privilege of teaching for the Paramus Board of Education since 1998 where she has served as the Paramus High School English as a Second Language teacher. Throughout her tenure at Paramus, Yasmine has taught ESL classes at East Brook Middle School, West Brook Middle School, Stony Lane Elementary School, and English electives at Paramus High School. She holds teaching certificates in English, English as a Second Language, and Elementary Education. Yasmine has taught in ESL programs at Passaic Community College, Manhattan Language, The Center for English Studies, and the American School in Switzerland’s summer program.

Yasmine received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Masters of Art in Teaching degree with a concentration in ESL from Fairleigh Dickenson University. Additional coursework included certificates in Drama Therapy from The New School and International Trauma Studies from New York University. In addition to teaching, Yasmine is a Registered Drama Therapist and New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She has volunteered as a teacher trainer and drama therapist in Bosnia and The Republic of Georgia. In 2003, Yasmine implemented an arts and education summer program for Bosnia youth through the Jacob Foundation in Zurich and The American School in Switzerland. Awards included a Paulette Goddard Fellowship from New York University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Playwriting from the Sewanee Writers Conference. Yasmine was a finalist for La MaMa Experimental Theatre’s inaugural Ellen Steward Award.

As a playwright, Yasmine’s plays have been presented in the United States and abroad, notably La MaMa E.T.C, New Stages Performing Arts Center in the Berkshires, Write Act Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, The Looking Glass Theatre, Johns Hopkins University Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Tara Arts Theatre and New Diorama Theatre, both of London. Publications include The Alabama Literary Review, The Best Women’s Monologues and the Best Stage Scenes (Smith and Kraus Productions) Blackbird, The Kenyon Review, TDR, The Drama Review, and The Contemporary European Idea. Translations include CinciPiese de Teatru. The University of Chicago Press and Seagull Books’ In Performance Series published The War Zone is My Bed and Other Plays in 2011. The anthology was reviewed in the Spring of 2013 issue of Slavic and East European Journal.

Yasmine has served as Writer in Residence at T. Schreiber Studios in New York which produced The Fallen in 2013, along with a revival of Blood Shy in 2014, and her latest play, Fauna and Blood (T. Schreiber Shorts June 2014). Fauna and Blood was published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Kenyon Review Online.

Yasmine has developed her new play, Another Spring through Playwright’s Theatre of New Jersey’s Emerging Women Playwrights Project. A subsequent draft, Jasmine Spring was publicly read at La MaMa Experiments Play Reading Series in June 2014. In August 2014, Halcyon Theatre produced the Chicago premiere of The War Zone is My Bed.

In November 2013, Yasmine was selected by the Tommy Hilfiger Company and Glamour Magazine as one of four outstanding women of New Jersey to benefit the Women of the Year Malala Fund.

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