Studio Emad Eddin was founded by Ahmed El Attar, an Egyptian independent theater director who has been working in the independent performing arts field since 1992 and whose work has received national, regional and international acclaim.The establishment of the Studio came out of El Attar’s personal experience in the field, his struggle to work in an environment that presents many obstacles to creative work. More than 15 years since its birth, the independent theater movement in Egypt continues to be faced with various problems and obstacles that threaten its existence and continuity. These include the lack of legal status for artists and independent troupes that this lack of production funds, rehearsal and performing space and lack of technical crew willing to work in an independent context, lack of a network mechanism that can bring in the new generation of directors, writers and troupes, lack of managerial and administrative skills, lack of contact with colleagues and exposure to work in the regional and international theatre scenes and general lack of solidarity and sense of community among the different independent troupes. Over the years members of the independent movement have learned to cope with some of these constraints and have found temporary solutions that enable them to continue working: – working under the umbrella of public theaters, foreign cultural centers and/or established organisations temporarily solves the problem of legal status. – the establishment of five independent performance spaces over the last five years, such as The Garage in Alexandria, The Townhouse Gallery, El Sawi Cultural Center, and El Genaina has eased the problem of performance space. In addition, some collaboration with public theaters and foreign cultural centers has provided the troupes with additional performance spaces. – the many technical workshops held in Cairo and Alexandria over the last few years have increased the number of independent technicians who are committed to the independent theatre scene. – finally, new and local sources of funding, such as the Young Arab Theater Fund (YATF) and El Mawred, as well as new collaborations with established sources, such as the government’s Cultural Development Fund have helped in the production of independent theatre performance. However, while these developments may ease the overall situation and rescue individual productions, they are ad hoc and do little to build a sense of community or achieve long-term impact in the field. El Attar conceived of the Studio as an entity that would address some of the most pressing needs that continue to challenge the development of the field in Egypt, such as offering artists – access to rehearsal space on a regular basis – rehearsal space remains a problem and many troupes still resort to employing their own homes as rehearsal spaces.