Laila Soliman (1981) is an independent Egyptian theatre director and playwright, living and working in Cairo. She graduated from the American University in Cairo in 2004 with a degree in Theatre and Arabic Literature. Soliman’s work has at its roots a belief in the role of theatre and art as tools for empowering the individual and aiding personal expression. She is an author (Egyptian Products, 2008) and director (…At your service!, 2009; Spring Awakening, 2010) of internationally performed plays. In 2011, she co-directed with Ruud Gielens the critically acclaimed performance Lessons in Revolting created with 10 other Egyptian artists in the follow-up of the revolution.