Basel Al-Naffouri began his theater journey at MIT where he took his first acting classes. While there, he performed in MIT’s productions of ‘Seven Menus’ and ‘The Elephant, Your Majesty’.

After moving to the Bay Area, he was introduced to improv by taking his first class at BATS in 2005. Soon after, Basel was invited to perform with the BATS Sunday Players and was a founding member of Double Entendre and Out of Line. He has also produced, directed and acted in “Improvised Arabian Nights”, an improvised show in the style of “A Thousand and One Nights”.

In addition to performing improvisational theater, Basel has appeared in numerous scripted shows. He played the role of Adnan in the Stanford Summer Theater production of Betrayed. Basel has also performed in Golden Thread’s ‘No Such Cold Thing’, which was featured in American Theater Magazine.

Basel has taught improv workshops both locally and internationally. He had led trainings with organizations such as Google and Aswat, improv troupes like Double Entendre and Audible Clique and internationally at KAUST University in Saudi Arabia and Laban in Lebanon.