Amir Reza Koohestani was born in 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 and created two unfinished films. After a brief experience as performer, he devoted his time to write his first plays for the Mehr Theatre Group: And the Day Never Came (1999) and The Murmuring Tales (2000).
With his third play, Dance on Glasses (2001), 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 Canadian writers Nadia Ross and Jacob Wren, 2003); Amid the Clouds (2005); Dry Blood & Fresh Vegetables (2007); Quartet: A Journey North (2008); Where Were You on January 8th? (2009); Ivanov (2011); The Fourth Wall (from the original play England by Tim Crouch, 2012)presented one hundred times in an art gallery in Tehran.
In 2012, the movie Modest Reception, which script was co-written by Koohestani and Mani Haghighi – actor and film director – won the Netpac Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. 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). From October 2014 to March 2015, during a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, in Stuttgart, Amir Reza Koohestani wrote the play Hearing, premiered at the City Hall of Tehran on July 2015.
Since several years, Koohestani works frequently in Germany where he premiered several productions: Einzelzimmer (Koln Schauspielhaus, 2006) Taxigeschichten(Theater Oberhausen, 2015), Der Fall Meursault – Eine Gegendarstellung (Kammerspiele, 2016), Tannhäuser – his first opera – (Staatstheater Darmstadt, 2017), The Cherry Orchard (Theater Freiburg, 2017), Die Attentäterin and Macbeth(Kammerspiele, 2018).
On September 2018, invited among other directors (Tiago Rodrigues, Pascal Rambert, tg Stan, Luk Perceval, Christiane Jatahy) – for the opening of La Comédie de Genève (Switzerland) – he created a short play in French based on Miss Julieby August Strindberg.
Summerless – his latest production with the Mehr Theatre Group, premiered on May 2018 at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels – is the third part of a trilogy about time and memory (Timeloss, Hearing, Summerless). These plays are still touring and were presented all together at the Festival TNB, in Rennes (France) on November 2018.
Koohestani’s next projects are an adaptation of Die Küche by Arnold Wesker (Theater Freiburg, 2019) and new creations with the Mehr Theatre Group in Iran and Europe in 2019 and 2020.