Fouad Dakwar is a Palestinian singer-songwriter based in New York City studying music, theater, and education 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 marginalized stories and social justice movements.
He has released a self-produced full length album titled Monarchs in Riverbeds as well as an accompanying music video for its title track. He has also released three EPs, two of which (Seclusion, For You) were written and recorded over the span of 12 and 24 hour live-streamed sessions.
He 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 among Acting Manitou theater camp’s main stage seasons, and the latter of which culminated in an Actors Equity reading in 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.
Finally, he 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 several student films including The Restless Writers’ Retreat.
He has been featured as the Swarthmore Phoenix’s Artist of the Week (linked below) and his works have been referenced by Swarthmore Voices, the Swarthmore Phoenix, and (tangentially) Buzzfeed. He sings lead vocals and plays keyboard for the band Sophomore Slump, is a proud member of Swarthmore’s Students for Justice in Palestine, and is excited to be a campus representative for Quadio.