Fouad Dakwar is a Palestinian singer-songwriter based in New York City currently studying music, theater, and educational studies at Swarthmore College. Having originally composed music for the theater, his signature indie punk-pop vocals and striking electronic production are accented by poetic and lyrical narratives often inspired by social justice movements.
His self-produced first full length album titled Monarchs in Riverbeds released in May of 2019 alongside an accompanying music video for its title track in September of 2019. He has also released three EPs, two of which (Seclusion and FOR YOU) were written and recorded over the spans of 12 and 24 hour live-streamed sessions respectively.
Fouad has also written more than ten original musical theater pieces of varying lengths and styles including rock operas and literary adaptations among more traditional book musicals. Two of his original musicals (Promnado and Pneumonia: a New Spellbinding Musical) have been produced as part of Acting Manitou theater camp’s main stage seasons. The latter of these pieces culminated in a New York Actors Equity reading in May, 2018. Another of his musicals (Sic Semper Tyrannis) was awarded first place Solo Performance in both the New York City and state National History Day competitions.
Fouad has also composed original music for a number of plays and films including five of Friends Seminary’s main stage theater productions, several Swarthmore Drama Board productions, and a handful of films including The Restless Writers’ Retreat (2020).
He has been featured as the Swarthmore Phoenix’s Artist of the Week (linked below) and his works have been covered by Swarthmore Voices, the Swarthmore Phoenix, and (tangentially) Buzzfeed. He sings lead vocals and plays keyboard for the band Sophomore Slump, works as both a Writing Associate and Tap Dance teaching assistant at Swarthmore, and is a core member of its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. He is also a proud recipient of the Favianna Rodriguez Recognition of Artistic Activism, the Berta Goldsmith Scholarship, and the James E. Gregory Scholarship.