About

Fouad doesn't like to be tied down to one title...

First and foremost, he is a Palestinian singer-songwriter, composer, and lyricist who has produced almost a dozen original musicals, several standalone albums, and accompanying music videos.


Fouad’s musical style is a signature brand of pop-rock infused with poetic lyrics, catchy melodies, and a healthy dose of satirical camp.


Fouad is also a comedian,– by birth, not by choice– writer, filmmaker, game designer, and outspoken social justice advocate.


(He can also do all of these things while tap dancing).


It's no wonder that Fouad attends a liberal arts school like Swarthmore College as an Honors Special Major in Music and Theater Composition with a double Minor in Film & Media Studies and Educational Studies. In fact, his individualized course of study was recently featured in an article about Swarthmore's Special Majors program.


Somewhere along the way, Fouad garnered over 30 thousand followers and 5 million likes on TikTok under the handle @notfouad where he continues to post... well, whatever he feels like.


This paved the way for an exciting opportunity to create content for the Institute for Middle Eastern Understanding (IMEU) in 2021. Fouad is also grateful to have been a featured performer at the National SJP Conference that same year.


Fouad's first full length album, Monarchs in Riverbeds, released in May of 2019 alongside an accompanying music video for its title track. The film was accepted into the 2020 Tri-Co Film Festival and ultimately won the Audience Favorite Runner Up award. Fouad has also released three EPs, two of which (Seclusion and For You: A Whistleblower Story) were written and recorded over the span of 12 and 24 hour live-streamed sessions respectively.


His most recent LP, In Vitro: A Rock Opera, was funded by the Guilmartin Summer Opportunity fund and Eat at the Table Theater Company. The piece explores the imminent development of human gene editing technology and its potential intersections with race.


Fouad's knack for musical storytelling is apparent in his dozen or so original musical theater pieces. Two of these (Promnado and Pneumonia: A New Spellbinding Musical) have been produced at Ghostlight Theater Camp.The latter of these pieces culminated in a New York Actors Equity reading in May of 2018. Another of his musicals (Sic Semper Tyrannis) was awarded first place Solo Performance in both the New York City and New York state National History Day competitions in 2018.


In May of 2021, Fouad gave a talk titled Archetypal Arabs: The Nuances of Arab and Muslim Representation in Gaming as part of the 2021 Game Devs of Color Expo. His related research regarding linguistic discrimination is published in the 2022 issue of the Tri-Co Law Review.


Fouad has been featured as part of Swarthmore College's Swat Story series as well as the Swarthmore Phoenix’s "Artist of the Week". His works have been covered by Swarthmore Voices, the Swarthmore Phoenix, the Swarthmore Review, and even tangentially by BuzzFeed News which described Monarchs in Riverbeds as an "album about revolution and speaking truth to power."


Fouad has been a proud recipient of the Favianna Rodriguez Recognition of Artistic Activism, the Berta Goldsmith Scholarship, the Page-Pixton Scholarship, and the James E. Gregory Scholarship.


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