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Kevin Spacey launches Mideast theater academy

Kevin Spacey speaks during a press conference Tuesday Dec. 11, 2007 in Oslo, Norway ahead of the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert. (John McConnico)

February 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Theater in the Middle East received a big boost from an Oscar-winning actor.

Kevin Spacey announced on Sunday the launch of The Middle East Theater Academy in the United Arab Emirates.

The venture won't have a specific base but will take up projects across the region.

Spacey is hoping to foster dramatic talent by offering workshops and classes in every aspect of theater from acting to stage design.

Another goal is to bring Mideast content to international venues such as Broadway.

The project is a joint venture by the Kevin Spacey Foundation and another group led by an Emirati business tycoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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