Though like other artistic fields Syrian theater has faced obstacles and hardships, it has also known stages of truly glory. The presence of a number of great writers, directors, critics, and actors constitutes the key factor in this success. The Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts has also played a major role in shaping a true structure of knowledge and national culture. Many activists in the revolution were students of the Institute.
The creativity of playwrights itself notwithstanding, the revolution has caused many challenges to the theater. These obstacles mainly relate to the dictates of the theater; work in the theater is collective and lengthy. It requires a secure space for a group of people during the rehearsal period, which just cannot be provided in these conditions. Also, theater isn’t always reactionary art; it does not respond as quickly to life’s events and news as other means of creative expression.
Nevertheless, some rare experiments in theater are found inside Syria. More of such work takes place in other countries, where Syrian playwrights have fled to escape the violence of the regime and seek a safe workspace.
It is important to recognize the simple but highly significant work focused on children. Some young volunteers implement these initiatives in shelters for families who have been displaced by violence.