Maya Arad, born in 1976, holds an M.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Amsterdam, where she graduated with distinction. She has been working as a production dramaturg in Europe and Israel, specializing in devised theatre and documentary theatre. As a playwright, her plays so far center on issues of identity, exile, and war. She won the first prize of the international playwriting competition of ITI-UNESCO in 2010 for her play The Diamond Stars, which has also been translated into Norwegian and German.