Faiza Mardzoeki is a playwright, theatre producer and director based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As a feminist and cultural activist, she actively promotes gender equality issues, women’s liberation,human rights and other social issues through creative, cultural and artistic interventions. She also has written articles published in The Jakarta Post daily newspaper and other media. Since 2003, she has produced 14 plays as well as two concerts and been the initiator executive director of two major arts festivals. Three of her plays have been published as books : Nora, Subversif by Djaman Baroe, 2016 and Nyanyi Sunyi Kembang-­Kembang Genjer by Ultimus, Bandung in 2015. As well as producing theatre she has written or adapted 10 plays, including her critically acclaimed Silent Song of the Genjer Flowers, which has been performed in Jakarta, Indonesia and screened in venues in the United States, Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia and Singapore. She also directed Silent Song of the Genjer Flowers. In July 2019, she received a grant from New York Foundation of The Arts to support her work to write her first novel, to be based upon her play Silent Song of the Genjer Flowers. Furthermore, in 2018, Faiza received a grant from Norla (Norwegian Literary Abroad) to translate a play titled Time Without Books by Norwegian feminist drama writer Lene Therese Tiegen into Indonesian. In the same year (2018) Faiza has adapted the classic novel Max Havelaar by Dutch writer Douwes Dekker, into a stage drama entitled Mulatuli Meets Saidjah and Adinda. This drama script was prepared for 2019 production. She adapted to the Indonesian context two classic works by Henrik Ibsen, Doll’s House (as Rumah Bhoneka, published as Nora) and Enemy of the People (as Subversif!). All of her plays have been performed in Jakarta with some performances in other Indonesian cities such as Banda Aceh, Bandung, Palangkaraya, and Yogyakarta. One play, Nyai Ontosoroh, was declared the iconic production of the year by the major daily newspaper, Kompas. Nyai Ontosoroh was her epic adaptation for the stage of the late Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s epic novel, This Earth of Mankind (Bumi Manusia).She took her production of They Call Me Nyai Ontosoroh, which she also wrote, to Amsterdam, The Hague, and Antwerp, commissioned by Troppen Theater, Amsterdam. She has participated and spoken at feminist and theatre related events outside Indonesia including in the United States, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia,Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore. Her play Silent Song of the Genjer Flowers has been selected for a dramatic reading at the Women’s International Playwrights Conference in Santiago, Chile, October, 2018.
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