As part of the ongoing "Season of the University Theatre's Stars" festival, the president Khaled Galal gave out an honorary shield in the name of late Egyptian actor Khaled Saleh, which was received by the late actor’s son Ahmed Khaled Saleh on 9 February.
Saleh, who died in September 2014 from complications after undergoing open heart surgery, was honoured by the festival for being one of the most famous actors who began his career in university theatres.
Born on 23 January 1964, Saleh was one of Egypt's most respected actors with an impressive list of cinema and television productions under his belt.
During his law studies, he participated in several university theatre performances. Upon the opening of Hanager Theatre in the 1990s at the Cairo Opera House grounds he joined independent and amateur theatre troupes at the venue.
He was cast in several roles during this time, including his first main role in a theatre play Ehtefal Khas Ala Sharaf El A'ela (1992), written by Sayed Haggag, which brought much attention to his unique acting skills.
In cinema, Saleh starred in a number of successful film productions including Malaki Eskendereya, Tito, The Yacoubian Building, Heya Fawda. His last cinematic role was in El-Gezira II which came out in 2014.
Besides cinema, his television career was also thriving, with almost yearly performances. His most important roles in television include Al-Rayan and Faroan (The Pharaoh).
“Season of the University Theatre's Stars" second edition opened on 7 February and will run until 17 February, with daily performances by students of different theatre faculties. Ten troupes will compete for the festival's main awards.
Held at the premises of El-Ibdaa (The Creativity Centre), the festival's jury consists of actors Ezzat El-Alayli and Mohamed Riyadh, stylist Marwa Ouda, scenographer Amr Abdallah and theatre critic Abla El-Roweini.
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