Amir Reza Koohestani was born in June 8th, 1978 in Shiraz, Iran. He was 16 when he began to publish short stories in local newspapers. Attracted to cinema, he took courses in directing and cinematography in 1995 and created two unfinished films. After a brief experience as performer, he devoted his time to write his first plays: And The Day Never Came (1999), which was never performed and The Murmuring Tales (2000) which received attracted critical acclaim in Tehran, during the 18th International Fadjr Theatre Festival.
With his third play, Dance On Glasses (2001), in tour for four years, Amir Reza Koohestani gained international notoriety and found the support of several European theatrical artistic directors and festivals. Then followed the plays Recent Experiences (from the original text by Canadians writers Nadia Ross and Jacob Wren, 2003) ; Amid the Clouds (2005) ; Dry Blood & Fresh Vegetables (2007) and Quartet: A Journey North (2008), all of them successfully welcomed in Europe.
Amir Reza Koohestani was also commissioned by the Schauspielhaus in Koln, where he wrote and staged Einzelzimmer (2006), and by the Nouveau Théâtre de Besançon, with Japanese director Oriza Hirata and French director Sylvain Maurice, to create the play Des Utopies ? (2009) on tour in France and Japan.
After two years of studies in Manchester, Amir Reza Koohestani returned back to Tehran in July 2009 and created the play Where Were You on January 8th?, which has been on tour in Europe, Brazil, Japan…
In October 2011, despite finishing his military service, Amir Reza Koohestani created the adaptation of Ivanov by Anton Chekhov, successfully staged in Tehran for several weeks.
In February 2012, the movie Modest Reception, which script was co-written by Koohestani and Mani Haghighi – actor and film director – wins the Netpac Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012. In September 2012, he created the performance The Fourth Wall, adapted from the play England by Tim Crouch which was presented a hundred times in an art gallery in Tehran.
In 2013, Festival actoral in Marseille (France) has commissioned Koohestani to write and stage a new play, Timeloss (based on his previous play Dance on Glasses), succesfully staged across Europe, in New York and Los Angeles.
From October 2014 to March 2015, Amir Reza Koohestani was on a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, in Stuttgart, where he wrote the play Hearing, premiered at the City Hall of Tehran on the 15th July 2015 and since still on tour in Europe. He has been also commissioned to write and direct the play Taxigeschichten premiered on the 30th October 2015 at the Theater Oberhausen, in Germany.
On September 2016, he premiered his adaptation – Der Fall Meursault: Eine Gegendarstellung – based on Kamel Daoud’s novel – Meursault, contre-enquête, at the Münchner Kammerspiele. In 2017, he directed his first opera – Tannhaüser – at the Staatstheater Darmstadt in Germany (April) and an adaptation of Der Kirschgarten in Freiburg (October). On March 9th, 2018, he premiered an adaptation of the play The Attack by Yasmina Khadra, at the Münchner Kammerspiele.
His upcomming projects are a new original production – Summerless – to be created and premiered on the 22nd of May 2018, at the KVS Box as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, a short performance at La Comédie de Genève, on September 2018, and an adaptation of Macbeth at the Münchner Kammerspiele, on November 2018.