After-performance talk with Mehr Theatre Group / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

After-performance talk with Mehr Theatre Group

Amir Reza Koohestani / Mehr Theatre Group

16 March 2012
Upper Stage
After-performance talk with the actors Baran Kosari and Hassan Madjooni.

Baran Kosari was born in 17 October 1985 in Tehran, Iran. She is a Crystal Simorgh winning Iranian actress. She is the daughter of director Rakhshan Bani Etemad, and film producer Jahangir Kosari. She’s graduated from Soureh Academy. The Best Papa of the World (1991) is her first acting experience. Since then, she acted in her mother's movies Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Nargess (1991), The Blue Scarf (1994), The May Lady (1997), Rain and Landsman episode (from Kish Stories episode - 1998), Under The Skin Of The City (2000), Our Times (documentary movie, 2001).

In 2007, she was nominated for the “Best performance by an actress” at the Asia Pacific Screen Award for her performance in the movie Mainline.

Baran Kosari also ascertained her abilities as a theatre actress playing in Over the Mirror (1997), directed by Azita Hajian, and in Amid the Clouds (2006) and Quartet: A Journey North (2007) both plays directed by Amir Reza Koohestani and successfully in Europe.

Hassan Madjooni is a theatre director, actor, stage designer, University Professor and founder of the Leev Theater Group. He has staged various plays from well-known international playwrights, such as Anton Chekov or Shakespeare, along with well-known Iranian ones. As a director, he has won various awards for his works.

As an actor, Hassan Madjooni works with director Amir Reza Koohestani (Amid the Clouds, 2006, and Quartet: A Journey North, 2007); both plays staged successfully in Europe and has won the acting award at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel Festival in 2005, for his performance in Amid the Clouds.

In addition to teaching at the Art University of Tehran, he has led different acting and directing workshops in Iran.

In 2010, the Critics Association of Iran’s Theatre House awarded him as the “Best Theatre Director of the Year” for his play For a Fistful of Rubles. His recent works Seagull and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov are being staged simultaneously in Iranshahr Hall in Tehran, since February 2011.


Chaired by Fotini Barka, journalist