The Freedom Theatre is a theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine. We believe that the arts have a crucial role to play in building a free and healthy society, and our contribution to that is a unique programme of activities in performing arts and multimedia, including theatre and drama, filmmaking, photography and creative writing.
The Freedom Theatre stages professional theatre productions, holds amateur drama workshops and runs a three-year educational program in acting. We offer training in photography and publish books, photography exhibitions and short films. Through professional training within the fields of theatre and multimedia The Freedom Theatre has substantially increased local artistic capacity and developed an extensive network of partners and supporters in Occupied Palestine and throughout the world.
Although The Freedom Theatre’s focus is on theatre and visual arts, we do not take a neutral position on the issue of Israeli apartheid, colonization, occupation and military rule. Nor do we turn a blind eye to the internal violation of human rights, in particular the rights of women and children.
For the oppressed, the arts have always been and will always be a powerful tool against the oppressors. For us Palestinians, artistic expression is an integrated part of our struggle for justice, equality and freedom.
Jenin Refugee Camp
The Freedom Theatre operates in Jenin Refugee Camp, which is among the most severely affected areas by decades of Israeli occupation and internal conflicts. Jenin camp is largely isolated – culturally, economically and politically. This sense of isolation runs deep within the camp and particularly affects the young generation.
The Freedom Theatre plays an important role in strengthening resilience and contravening feelings of apathy and hopelessness by contributing to enriching the cultural life in Jenin camp and its surroundings. Since The Freedom Theatre opened its doors in 2006, more than 100 000 aspiring artists, spectators, visitors and friends have come together in the theatre to engage, perform and create.