Saudi actress, writer, and director Summer Shesha – along with three other Arab
writers – was chosen on Monday to receive a $30,000 grant from Netflix Middle
East and the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI).
Saudi actress, writer, and director Summer Shesha
The grant was given in recognition of her exceptional talent and dedication to the
MEMI summer program – a five-week workshop held in Los Angeles.
The joint initiative between Netflix and MEMI aims to promote Arab writers and
their exceptional works. After receiving the grant, the writers will spend six
months developing their series with the guidance of MEMI instructors or a Netflix-
approved consultant, after which, they will pitch their finished scripts to Netflix.
The initiative and grant come after Shesha took home the Golden Palm Award for
her role in the film KAYAN at the eighth edition of the Saudi Film Festival.
Shesha's latest works include Maskoon, which landed its world premiere at the
first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival in 2021. The short film was
directed by Saudi Lina Malaika and the American actor and Oscar-nominee David
Darg, starred American actress Paris Verra alongside Shesha, and was produced
by Carla DiBello and Arabia Plus.
Prior to that, Shesha starred in several films and TV series, including Khaled Nader
Shah’s EXIT 5, which screened at several international festivals. Moreover, she
appeared in JEDDAH AFTER MIDNIGHT, BOOK OF SUN, OTHER PLANET, and
In addition to her film and television projects, Shesha landed leading roles in
several one-act plays, including I AM FORGOTTEN AND IT’S UNFAIR and the
musical monologue BOREDOM PARTY. She also collaborated with Saudi actress
and director Fatima AlBanawi in the two plays STRAIGHT CIRCLE and I AM YOU.