Krystel Khoury, born in Beirut. Trained first as a dancer, Krystel completed her Masters in Performing Arts theories from Lyon University before getting a PhD degree in Anthropology of Intercultural Dynamics from Auvergne University in France in 2014. Since 2006, Krystel has been developing cultural initiatives and exchange programs between Arab and European artists, and has been involved in transnational dance and theatre creative projects . She has worked as an expert and program manager for several cultural organizations in the Middle East and Europe while pursuing her research in the field of intercultural artistic practices and discourses. In 2017, the Münchner Kammerspiele invited her to be the artistic director of the Open Border Ensemble.