Abi Zakarian is an award-winning British-Armenian playwright based in London.
Her plays include: WHAT THE THAMES TOLD ME produced by Arch468 for the Royal Docks ‘This is Who We Are’ festival, PERFECT MYTH ALLEGORY produced by Jermyn Street Theatre for their ‘15 Heroines’ series, TATHA WAKES UP FROM A VERY LONG SLEEP produced by Pitlochry Festival Theatre for their Shades of Tay season, CLAPPED produced by Damsel Productions for their site specific Damsel Outdoors season, I AM KARYAN OPHIDIAN produced by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for the Sam Wanamaker Theatre; ENOUGH, produced by Small Truth Theatre for the Kensington Karavan Festival and also recently adapted for audio as part of the Digital Caravan trio of plays which won an OffWestEnd OnComm award; FABRIC, produced by Damsel Productions for Soho Theatre and a London Community tour; I HAVE A MOUTH AND I WILL SCREAM produced by Joyous Gard for VAULT Festival where it won the festival's 2018 People's Choice Award; THE BEST PIES IN LONDON, produced by Rift Theatre for their immersive Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival; THIS IS NOT AN EXIT, produced by the RSC for The Other Place and transferred to the Royal Court; LULU7, produced by So & So Arts at Drayton Arms Theatre; SWIFTER, HIGHER, STRONGER, produced by Roundpeg Theatre at the Roundhouse; A THOUSAND YARDS, produced by Feast Theatre at Southwark Playhouse. FABRIC, produced by Tremers Theatre, played at Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and won a Fringe First Award.
In 2019 she was co-commissioned to write the Brit School/Andrew Lloyd Webber Bridge Foundation musical for 2020 to be produced at Southwark Playhouse; in light of the Covid19 pandemic she and her composer and co-lyricist Colm Molly adapted the piece, A THRESHOLD, into a unique audio described/concept album/radio play hybrid which was made available for free download.
In 2020 she and playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm put together a week long programme of events for the Bunker Theatres final season. Called Morgan & Abi's Power Share, it was to feature over 100 artists sharing space and collaborating to give underrepresented creatives the opportunity to stage their work. Cancelled due to the first lockdown they intend to restage it when restrictions are lifted.
Abi was awarded an MGCFutures bursary in 2018 and is also the recipient of a Peggy Ramsay Foundation grant. She is currently developing FABRIC for television and is under commission with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and 45North.