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Niloofar Beyzaie نیلوفر بیضایی (* January 15, 1967 in Tehran) is an Iranian playwright and theatre director.



She is the daughter of the famous Iranian theatre and film director Bahram Beyzaie (Bahram Beyzai) and of a family of artists originating Monir Azam Raminfar. After studying the German studies, Dramatics -, Cinema and Media Studies and Education at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, she founded the free theatre Daritsche in 1994 and guested with her theatre plays in Europe and Canada[1] . Since 1985 she lives in the exile in Germany.


Central themes of her theater work are "woman","the suffering of individuals among the crowd" and "beeing a stranger either in the own or in the foreign society". She also puts emphasise on the sociopolitical context of the theater in its contemporary issues. In addition to her theatrical work she also writes articles about the political and social situation, particularly the situation of women in Iran. She advocates for women's rights[2] and for the rights of gays and lesbians in Iran and is involved in the Iranian art and cultural scene in exile for the rights of religious minorities in Iran in particular the Bahai s.[3] 2005, she was awarded the Persian "World Academy of Art, Literature and Media" in Budapest as the best theatre director in exile in category "the Performing Arts".[4] In the same year her play "Daughters of the Sun" (Come,dance with me) was performed in Zurich by Maralam Theater under direction of Peter Braschler. [5] She is working on the revival of her play "No Man's Land" [6] was performed in German on March 2009 in (Karlsruhe)[7] and Gaggenau within the framework of the "Cultural Perspectives of Women festival 09".[8]


Staging (theatre director)

  • Marjan, Mani and a few small problems , 1996-97
  • The Last Game , 1998
  • 99: No Man's Land , 1999
  • A knife in the back (text: Kaveh Esmaili), 1999-2000
  • The blue dreams of the gray women , 2000-2001
  • Three Opinions on a death (based on a text by: Mina Assadi), 2001-2002
  • The Blind Owl ( based on a text by: Sadegh Hedayat), 2004-2005
  • The blind owl (bilingual, along with Tom Peifer), 2005
  • foreign as you and I ( based on a text by: Farhang Kassraei and Maria Piniella), 2006-2007
  • The Voice of Silence, 2007-2008
  • No Man's Land (revival), 2009

Plays (playwright)

  • Banu in the mirror city (performed in the same year under direction of Mohsen Hosseini in Frankfurt am Main), 1994
  • Marjan, Mani and a few small problems, 1995
  • The last game, 1996
  • No Man's Land , 1997
  • The blue dreams of the gray women, 2000
  • Come dance with me (Daughters of the Sun), 2005
  • The Voice of Silence, 2006


  • 2005:Persian "World Academy of Art, Literature and Media"Budapest:Best Directorin the Performing Arts category[9] and [10]


  1. ^ the blind owl tirgan
  2. ^ article women rights
  3. ^ we are ashamed
  4. ^ iranian world academie Award best director
  5. ^ Maralam come, dance with me
  6. ^ 10th Cultural Perspectives of Women Festival 2009 No man's land
  7. ^ staatstheatre No man's land
  8. ^ cultural festival tausend and one iran women
  9. ^ Award
  10. ^ best stage director

External links

See also

List of famous Persian women


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