His award winning shows have gained new audiences not only in Palestine but also internationally at acclaimed festivals and theatres, drawing new attention to the Palestinian theatre scene.
Zuabi first cut his teeth with Stories Under Occupation for Al Kasabah theatre in Ramallah. The show won at the Cairo Theatre festival and Festival of Carthage for Best Show. The show toured extensively, widely acclaimed, at the Royal Court London, the Tokyo International, the Goteborg Festival, the Lincoln Center in New York, and others.
Following his success, Zuabi was invited as a guest director to the Young Vic Theatre in London in 2002, where he directed When the World was Green by Sam Sheppard. In 2004, he was invited by the Teatro Collosseo in Rome to direct the play In Prigone con Wittgenstein by Mariano Apria.
In 2005, Zuabi staged Jidariyya based on a poem by Mahmoud Darwish at the Palestinian National Theatre. The show toured extensively in Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and Spain and was invited by Peter Brook’s Bouffes du Nord Theatre in Paris and the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival.
In 2009, Zuabi premiered Saint-Saëns’s Opera Samson and Delilah at the Vlamesse Opera house in Antwerp. Zuabi also directed The Comedy of Errors for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Zuabi founded the ShiberHur Theater Company in 2009, and is its artistic director. He is also an international associate of the Young Vic Theatre in London.