Amir Reza Koohestani


Amir Reza Koohestani was born in Shiraz (Iran) in 1978 and is considered to be one of the most important Iranian theatremakers of his generation. Based on his experience as a performance artist and filmmaker, he founded the Mehr Theatre Group in 2001 in Tehran, whose first piece “Dance on Glasses” brought Koohestani international recognition. After studying in Manchester, UK for several years, he returned to Tehran where he continues to work on his productions and enjoys a positive reception. Koohestani’s works have also been shown in Europe for the past 15 years. “Amid the Clouds”, “Timeloss” or recently “Hearing” (2015) have been shown in Iran, as well as at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Wiener Festwochen, the Oslo International Theatre Festival, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, Santarcangelo Festival in Italy or the Festival d’Automne in Paris, among others. Koohestani has staged several shows at German theatres. At the Münchner Kammerspiele, he was responsible for the adaptation of Kamel Daoud’s novel “Der Fall Meursault - Eine Gegendarstellung” at the opening of the 2016/17 season in Kammer 1. In season 2018/19, Koohestani brought „Macbeth“ onto the Stage at Münchner Kammerspiele.