Aida Keykhaii

Actress, Producer, Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Nowadays Theatre Company,  Translator and Theatre Instructor

AIDA KEYKHAII is an actress, director, producer, translator and theatre instructor, M.A in Play Directing, B.A in Acting. Some of her works as an actress: Drought & Lies, Proof, Winter 66, Writing in the Dark, The Monster, The Moon in Water, The Only Possible Way, Geranium, A Moment of Silence, KHISHKHANE, Face of a Virgin, Olive, Little Stars Of Darkness. Her works as a theatre director and producer: A Moment of Silence, The Pillowman, Dinner with Friends, Goodbye, Iceland, and Sleeing in an Empty Cup (Naghmeh Samini). Her works as a movie actress: We Are All Fine, Drought & Lies. Acting in TV Theatre: The Curious SAVAGE, The Heart of a Dog, The Merchant of Venice, Winter 66. Some of her awards and nominations include The Iran Festival of University Theatre for Outstanding acting, Olive, Little Stars of Darkness; The IRANZAMIN Festival for Outstanding acting, KHISHKHANE; The Theater Forum of Iran award nomination for acting, Drought & Lies, Proof, and Devilore. The International Iran Festival of University Theatre Award for Outstanding Directing, Goodbye.

•       Language: Persian, English

SELECTED ACTING, DIRECTING AND PRODUCING EXPERIENCE:

Oct 2017 “Sleeping in an Empty Cup” (Director)(Stage play),
 Written by Naghmeh Samini. At Fairview Library Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
Aug 2017 “The Monster” (Actor)(Stage play),
Written by Naghmeh Samini and Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at Fairview Library Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
Jun 2017 “Iceland” (Director)(Stage play),
Written by Nicolas Billon, at Fairview Library Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
-Also staged for 39 nights almost sold out in December 2016 and January 2017, at BARAN Theatre, Tehran, Iran.
Nov 2016 “Moon in the Water”(Actor)(Stage play),
Written & Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at BARAN Theatre, Tehran, Iran.
Sep 2016 “The Pillowman” (C0-Directing with Mohammad Yaghoubi)(Stage play),
Written by Martin McDonagh, at Fairview Library Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
-Also performed on 06 of October 2016, at the second international festival of Martin McDonagh, Theatre U Mosta, Perm, Russia.
Aug 2016 “A Moment of Silence” (Producer)(Stage play),
Written & Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi. On 6th to 14th of August, SummerWorks Performance Festival, Factory Theatre Mainspace, Toronto, ON.
Feb 2016 “Proof” (Actor)(Stage play),
Adapted based on the play by David Auburn, directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at Fairview Library Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
2015 •”Drought & Lies” (Actor)(Movie),
Written by Mohammad Yaghoubi and directed by Pedram Alizadeh.
           •”Drought & Lies” (Actor)(Stage play),
Written and directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, on February 28th in Montreal, on March 8th in Vancouver, and on March 13th in Toronto, Canada.
2014 •“The Monster” (Actor)(stage play),
Written by Naghmeh Samini and Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
           •”The Heart of a Dog” (Actor)(Stage play),
 Adapted & directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, based on the novel by Michael Bulgakov, at IRANSHAHR, Tehran, Iran.
2013 “Dinner with Friends” (Director)(stage play),
 Written by Donald Margulies, at Iranshahr, Tehran, Iran.
2011 “Everyday mess of Marriage” (Director)(stage play),
Written by Haleh Moshtaqinia, a t Iranshahr, Tehran, Iran.
2010 •”Writing in the Dark” (Actor)(Stage play),
Written & directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
            •”A Moment of Silence” (Director)(Stage play),
Written by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at Mowlavi Hall, Tehran, Iran.
            •”A Mouth Full Of Birds” (Actor)(Stage play),
Written & directed by Fares Bagheri, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
2009 •“Drought & Lies” (Actor)(Stage play),
Written & Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
            “The Curious Savage” (Actor)(TV Drama based on the play by John Patrick),
Directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi. Channel 4, Iran.
            “Winter 1988” (Actor)(TV Drama),
Written by Mohammad Yaghoubi. Channel 4, Iran.
            “Goodbye” (Director)(Stage play),
Written & directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi. at Mowlavi Hall, Tehran, Iran.
2008 “Machismo” (Actor)(Stage play),
Adapted & directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, based on the novel The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
2005 “The Only Possible Way” (Actor)(stage play),
Written & directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
2004 •”We Are All Fine” (Actor)(Movie),
Directed by Bizhan Mirbagheri
            •”Geraniums” (Actor)(stage play),
Written & directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi. At Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
2001 “A Moment of Silence” (Actor)(stage play),
Written & directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
1999 • “Little Stars Of Darkness” (Actor)(stage play),
Directed by Ali Oliyaee, at Mowlavi Hall, Tehran, Iran.
           • “KHISHKHANE” (Actor)(stage play),
Written & directed by Hosein Kiyani, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
1998 “Olive” (Actor)(stage play),
Directed by Shokoofeh Masoori, at Mowlavi Hall, Tehran, Iran.
1997 “With the Wind” (Actor)(stage play),
 Directed by Mina Ebrahimzade, at Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran.
 
HONOURS AND AWARDS
2016 – The laureate diploma for the most original vision of the play “The Pillowman” at the Second International Festival of Martin McDonagh, Perm, Russia.
2015 – Nominated for Outstanding acting by Iran’s Actors Society at the Iran Theatre Forum, The Monster.
2013 – Nominated for Outstanding acting by Iran’s Actors Society at the Iran Theatre Forum, Proof.
2010 – Nominated for Outstanding acting by Iran’s Actors Society at the Iran Theatre Forum, Drought & Lies.
2006 – Nominated for Outstanding acting by Iran’s Actors Society at the Iran Theatre Forum, The Only possible Way.
1999 – 〈 Received for Outstanding acting by The Iran Festival of University Theatre, Little Stars of Darkness.
           〈Received for Outstanding acting by in IRANZAMIN festival,  KHISHKHANE”.
1998 – Received for Outstanding acting by The Iran Festival of University Theatre, Olive.
1997 – Received for Outstanding acting by The Fadjr International Theatre Festival of Iran, With The Wind.