About Us

Welcome to our website! Showdogs is a New York-based theatre collective committed to work that is provocative, diverse, and accessible to all. 

Art has the power to alter the way in which we see and move through the world. We love theatre, but we are no longer satisfied with the status quo of the mainstream and commercial. Our goal is to empower one another to make art that pushes back against expectations and makes space for new voices that celebrate the diversity of our experiences.

We believe in the power of theatre as a communal experience and are committed to fostering meaningful relationships with our collaborators and audiences. Our programs include: the Showdogs Playwrights Collective, designed for a group of emerging playwrights to develop original work; the Devised Theatre Collective, which is dedicated to the creation of non-conventional ensemble-based plays; and the Actors Remedy an open forum for artists to further their craft and connect with each other. 

Theatre may be an old form of art, but that doesn’t mean it can’t learn a few new tricks. We make theatre with our own voices and on our own terms – theatre unleashed.

Bark, bark!

The Team

Gamal ElSawah
Co-Artistic Director

Gamal is a NYC-based Actor, Playwright, and a co-founder of Showdogs. He has performed in Kristin Chenoweth’s My Love Letter to Broadway, Fireworks: An American Opera Buffa, Clybourne Park, Could Have Been: A New Musical, You Belong With Me: The Life and Death of Taylor Swift, Baby with the Bathwater, and Clickbait. Gamal has served as Head Writer for the TBD Sketch Comedy Series, and has had plays presented by The Fail Better Reading Series, and The Bechdel Group. His play, Sad Clowns: A Fable, will be produced by Showdogs in Spring of 2020.

Conrado Falco III
Co-Artistic Director

Conrado is a co-founder and co-artistic director at Showdogs. He loves plays that are funny and weird, especially if they make you cry at the end. As a playwright, his work includes You Belong with Me: The Life and Death of Taylor Swift, Thursday Movie Trivia, and Almond, Mint & Oven Mitts. He has directed productions of his own work, as well as a translation of Ephemeral by Mariana de Althaus, and readings of Monsters and Sad Clowns: A Fable by Gamal El Sawah. Conrado was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and studied media studies and theatre at Hunter College.

Sajda Waite
Co-Artistic Director

Sajda is a New York born and raised theatre artist, and a self proclaimed master in thespianage. She is a graduate of Hunter College, where she earned a BA in both Theatre and Media Studies.  Her past productions include A Doll’s House, Clybourne Park, Clickbait, and Our Town. She’s participated in the Rascal Art’s Theatre Festival: Ladybug Skins, The Lift-Off New Play Series: The Meadows, and was most recently seen in the Showdogs debut production, Speak Easy, in which she acted, directed and was a featured playwright. As a co-founder of Showdogs, she’s committed to creating art that showcases diversity in storytelling and empowers those who feel voiceless within the current commercial theatre.