Ammar Daraiseh was born in Ramtha, Jordan and started acting at the age of 17 performing in small venues throughout the city of Flint, Michigan. Ammar decided to pursue acting professionally and enrolled at the department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan-Flint where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Acting . From there, Ammar moved to Chicago and attended The Theatre School of DePaul University (formally known as The Goodman School of Drama) and received his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting. Ammar has extensive credits in stage, film and television. Notable stage credits include CAPTAIN BRASSBOUND'S COVERSION (ShawChicago), ANNA KARENINA (Shattered Globe Theatre-Chicago), EDWARD II (Journeymen Theatre Company-Chicago) and ROMEO & JULIET (Shakespeare on the Green-Chicago. Notable TV and film credits include IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, LOST, THE WEST WING and CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS starring Steppenwolf co-founder GARY SINISE.
Ammar Daraiseh - Reel
touched (short film)
A new take on the historically amorous relationship between Arabs and Jews as a Jewish woman asks a Muslim doctor to help her in her uniquely morbid quest to discover the spiritual world.
Joined at the Head (short film)
Joined at the Head' comes to life as Jim confesses his guilty, personal feelings about what he is going through as his wife is dying. Imagination, thoughts and reality, as well as past and present, are all mixed up as a picture is painted about a deep confusion in Jim's mind, as he confronts love, hate and hopelessness of a situation he can do nothing about but observe.
"I love Shakespeare. There is no other language like it." ~ Ammar Daraiseh
In this series, I took my favorite monologues from the plays of William Shakespeare that center around a common theme: madness, paranoia, evil and created this short film. One of my favorite lines in Shakespeare is: "All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players." With that, I incorporated "chess pieces" as my players and put my spin on the monologues.
My very first exposure to Shakespeare was when I was 20 years old pursuing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting at the University of Michigan-Flint and I was hooked. I love Shakespeare. There is no other language like it. I developed this series to shed more awareness on Shakespeare in this age of social media and technology where everyone is connected to a device; and to engage new viewers that may be unfamiliar with his work.
The monologues in Episode 1 adapted for the screen: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Titus Andronicus, and Henry V.
The monologues in Part 2 adapted for the screen: Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Tempest.
Our Talented Crew
We were very fortunate to have a small but extremely talented crew on the first episode of the series. This film project was a very collaborative effort. Their work and input was greatly appreciated. Thank you to:
Jason Weary - DP, Steven Strobel - Sound, Paul Venus - Editor, and Chiara Piras - PA.