Artist Bios

Martin Yousif Zebari

Martin Yousif Zebari

(Bio as of October 2021)

Martin Yousif Zebari (Playwright, he/they) is an Iraqi-born, Assyrian-American actor and playwright based in Chicago. His play Layalina has received two workshops and staged readings as part of Goodman Theatre's Future Labs and National Queer Theatre's Criminal Queerness Festival. As an actor, they have appeared in Yasmina’s Necklace and The Winter’s Tale (Goodman Theatre); For the Right Reasons (Atlantic Theatre Company); Close to Home (Amphibian Stage); Mosque4Mosque (National Queer Theatre); Unpitied/Lost and Guided (The Angle Project); Guards at the Taj (Steppenwolf Theatre); Mary Stuart (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Hard Problem (Court Theatre); Human Terrain  (Broken Nose Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); MacbethComedy of ErrorsFailure: A Love Story and The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); and has appeared on NBC’s Chicago Med. He holds a BFA in Acting from the Arts University of Bournemouth, England and is represented by Stewart Talent Chicago. MartinYousifZebari.com

With Goodman Theatre

  • Layalina Layalina
    New Stages 2021
    Play by Martin Yousif Zebari
    Directed by Sivan Battat