Faisal Abu Alhayjaa, the youngest of ten, was born in the Jenin Refugee Camp in Palestine. Faisal participated in UN summer camps when he was a child, which is where he was first introduced to theater. Faisal realized his passion for theater after watching the documentary Arna’s Children, directed by Juliano Mer-Khamis. When Juliano opened an acting school as part of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, Faisal became one of the first students to join. After graduating, he served a resident artist in Freedom Theatre for the next five years and taught the next generation of acting school students. During his residency, he also traveled to many countries on behalf of Freedom Theatre, meeting artists and representing Palestine, including to Georgetown University as part of the US tour of Athol Fugard’s The Island. In 2012, he joined Red Noses International as a clown to bring laughter into children’s hospitals across the West Bank where he found and experienced the power of laughter. Faisal founded his own company “Palestinian Laughter Liberation” (PLL), the first clown and physical comedy company in Palestine. Their philosophy is “laugh about it and you can change it.”