Makram Ayache is a multiple award winning writer, actor, director, and producer. His playwriting explores representations of queer Arab voices and aims to bridge political struggles to the intimate experiences of the people impacted by them. In 2022, Ayache's "The Green Line" (co-produced by Downstage and Chromatic Theatre) was nominated for four Betty Mitchell Awards, garnering two awards, including Outstanding New Play. Ayache is also the 2020 PCG’s Tom Hendry Award recipient for his play “Harun.” Coming up, his play "The Hooves Belonged to the Deer" will have its world premiere at Tarragon Theatre, with support from Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, in the spring of 2023, directed by Peter Hinton-Davis. Ayache is working on his first graphic novel project, both writing and illustrating “The Ballad of Rumi and Shams,” a queer re-invention set in a fantasy Middle Eastern setting, exploring the queer love between the Sufi mystics Rumi and Shams.