"Yeghiazarian is the Margo Jones–founding-mother-figure of Middle Eastern–American theatre." -Dr. Holly Hill, Salam-Peace Anthology
A study of preconceived notions and the hypocrisies that drive them, The Tutor is a provocative look at the cost of owning one’s truth. Directed by Sahar Assaf, with dramaturgy by Becca Wolf. World Premiere Commission by The New Conservatory Theatre Center. Presented in Association with Golden Thread Productions. (Run April 5-May 12, 2024)
I'm excited to lead a workshop at La Mama Umbria International Symposium for Directors this summer! In my session (July 25 to August 1, 2023), participants will experiment with poetry as dramatic text. We will focus on Persian poetry and dabble in traditional Iranian performance styles including Naghali and Ta’zieh, as foundational tools to incorporate into our process.
I'm a passionate advocate for Middle Eastern theatre and theatre-makers to help put our stories on American stages. In spring 2023, I served as cultural consultant at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, and Heartbeat Opera. I also serve as advisor on a number of grant programs, and work with select theatre companies on their strategic planning, donor cultivation, and community development.
A playwright, director, and translator, Torange Yeghiazarian founded Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to plays from or about the Middle East, and served as its Executive Artistic Director for the next twenty-five years, nurturing generations of Middle Eastern American talent through visionary programs such as ReOrient Festival, New Threads, Fairytale Players, and What do the Women Say? She is a co-founding member of Middle Eastern North African Theatre Makers Alliance.
I would love to bring select Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American plays to your university theatre program!
ISFAHAN BLUES is included in New Iranian Plays, Aurora Metro Publications, 2022. An Iranian Film Star. An American Jazz Musician. The Rest Is History. Written by Torange Yeghiazarian in collaboration with Vida Ghahremani, L. Peter Callender, Nakissa Etemad, Laura Hope, and Marcus Shelby. Premiered by Golden Thread Productions & African American Shakespeare Company in 2015, directed by Laura Hope.