about BuSSy Project


BuSSy is a performing arts project that documents and gives voice to censored untold stories about gender in different communities in Egypt.
The project organizes storytelling workshops and performances where women and men step on stage to share stories about harassment, rape, gender discrimination, honor killing, forced marriage, Female genital mutilation, motherhood, domestic violence, child abuse, mass sexual assaults and many others, from different communities and cities in Egypt.

The project started in 2006, when two American University of Cairo [AUC] students began directing a performance using stories of Egyptian women about their memories and experiences of womanhood. The monologues, which were by women, for women, exposed real women’s stories and provided a space for free expression on issues that society often failed to address. Thus began The BuSSy Project.
The monologue performances allow women to write for themselves instead of being written about. We are not professional artists; we are a group of passionate, enthusiastic youth with strong faith in the value and impact of the project.
In 2010, BuSSy transitioned from a university-aliated group to an independent theater project holding a number of performances on stages all over Egypt. Over time, BuSSy performances began incorporating stories from both women and men; and today, the project extends beyond “women’s issues” as BuSSy now aims to tackle the complexity of gender issues from the perspectives of both women and men.
Our stories reflect the reality that we, as young Egyptian women and men, are living with regards to social issues that are experienced by all members of society, irrespective of class and background. We aim, through our performances, to reach the public directly, and expose the reality which society ignores, while also creating new opportunities for dialogue and awareness of many different important issues.

Since 2006 we have...

Held more than 36 storytelling workshops
Held 6 inhouse storytelling nights
Held 11 closed storytelling sessions …
Performed & held workshops in Cairo, and a number of other governorates: Alexandria, Minya, Assiut, Port Said, Damietta, Luxor, Tanta, Aswan, and Sharqia...
Held more than 61 performances by women and men in Egypt…
Travelled to India, Sweden, UK, France, Jordan and Lebanon … 
Gathered stories from over 2500 people...
Reached Thousands of others online and through our performances…


Ahmad Abdalla

Ali Shaath

Cathy Costain

Emad Abo-Ghazi


Goethe Institut - Cairo

Johanna Keller

Hassan Elgeretly

Jules Henri

Kamynu Trust

Khaled Abol-Naga

Mahmoud Othman

Marihan Iskandar

Naaz Khan

Rana Ahmed

Ranwa Yehia

Salam Yousry

The British Council - Cairo

Drosos foundation

Wessam Elbeih


<strong>Aya Elhossiny</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Aya Elhossiny
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Dina Abdel-Nabi</strong> <small>Project Manager</small>
  • Dina Abdel-Nabi
  • Project Manager

<strong>Mohammed Gaber</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Mohammed Gaber
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Shaymaa Shoukry</strong> <small>Movement Coach and Choreographer</small>
  • Shaymaa Shoukry
  • Movement Coach and Choreographer

<strong>Sondos Shabayek</strong> <small>Project Director</small>
  • Sondos Shabayek
  • Project Director

<strong>Zahraa Abdellah</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Zahraa Abdellah
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Laila Sami </strong> <small>Website Editor</small>
  • Laila Sami
  • Website Editor

<strong>Jehan Fady</strong> <small>Storytelling Workshop Facilitator</small>
  • Jehan Fady
  • Storytelling Workshop Facilitator

<strong>Nermeen Hegazi</strong> <small>Story Archive Manager</small>
  • Nermeen Hegazi
  • Story Archive Manager
<strong>Ayam Amin</strong> <small>Translator</small>
  • Ayam Amin
  • Translator
<strong>Ashraf ElGabry</strong> <small>Web Developer</small>
  • Ashraf ElGabry
  • Web Developer
<strong>Eman Mahmoud</strong> <small>Accountant</small>
  • Eman Mahmoud
  • Accountant
<strong>Farah Shash</strong> <small>Team Psychologist</small>
  • Farah Shash
  • Team Psychologist
<strong>Nohyar Emad</strong> <small>Translator</small>
  • Nohyar Emad
  • Translator
<strong>Moira Adel</strong> <small>Graphic Designer</small>
  • Moira Adel
  • Graphic Designer

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