Mohammad Yaghoubi

Full name: Mohammad Ali Yaghoubi Kiyase

Playwright, Artistic Director of Nowadays Theatre Company, Screenwriter, Theatre Instructor

MOHAMMAD YAGHOUBI is a multi-award-winning playwright, director, screenwriter, theatre instructor, producer, co-founder and artistic director of Nowadays Theatre living now in Toronto, Canada. Plays include Drought & Lies, A Moment of Silence, Writing in the Dark, Moon on the Water, The One Only Possible Way, Geraniums, Red and the Rest, Dance of Torn Papers, Winter 88, and The Pillowman (Martin McDonagh). A few of his honors and awards include: The National Theatre Critics Society Award for Outstanding Play, Drought & Lies; First place winner of the Iranian Playwrights Society and third place winner of the New Play Contest in Toronto Fringe Festival 2016 for Outstanding Writing, A Moment of Silence, The National Theatre Critics Society Award for Outstanding Writing, Geraniums; The National Theatre Critics Society Award for Outstanding Direction, Dance of Torn Papers; and The Fadjr Theatre Festival Award for Outstanding Direction and Writing, Winter 88.

Language: Persian, English

SELECTED WRITING AND DIRECTING EXPERIENCE:

Sep 2016

The Pillowman (Martin McDonagh)

  • Co-Directing with Aida Keykhaii. At Fairview Library Theatre, Toronto, ON, 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

Playwright & Director, on 6th to 14th of August, SummerWorks Performance Festival, Factory Theatre Mainspace, Toronto, ON.”

Feb 2016

Proof (based on the play by David Auburn)

Adapting and Directing. At Fairview Library Theatre, Toronto, ON”

2015

A Moment of Silence

Playwright, on 14th to 16th of June, Directed by Azadeh Mohammadi, Prague, The Czech Republic.

Drought & Lies

Playwright, Director. On February the 28th in Montreal, On March the 8th in Vancouver, On March 13th in Toronto, Canada.”

2014

The One Only Possible Way

Playwright, Director. Staged reading in Persian, Toronto, Canada

A Moment of Silence

Playwright. Staged reading in French, on 1 March by Théâtre de Poche in Brussels, Belgium”

2013

The Pillowman (Martin McDonagh)

Director. At Iranshahr, Tehran, Iran”

2012

Proof (based on the play by David Auburn)

Adapting and Directing. At Niavaran, Tehran, Iran”

2010

Writing in the Dark

Playwright, Director. At Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran”

2009

Drought & Lies

Playwright, Director. At Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran”

2008

Machismo  (based on the novel The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene)

Playwright, Director. At Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran”

2004

Geraniums

Playwright, Director. At Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran”

2001

A Moment of Silence

Playwright, Director. At Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran”

1999

Till Tomorrow (Rima Raminfar)

Playwright, Director. At Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran

Dance of the Torn Papers

Playwright, Director. At Theatre Shahr, Tehran, Iran”

1998

Winter 1988

Playwright, Director. 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-Third place winner of the New Play Contest in Toronto Fringe Festival for Outstanding Play, A Moment of Silence

2014-The National Theatre Critics Society Award for Outstanding Play, Drought & Lies

2012-“Iranian Playwrights Society Award at the Iran Theatre Forum, for Outstanding

Writing, A Moment of Silence”

2010-“Theatre Critics Society Award at the Iran Theatre Forum for Outstanding Direction,

Drought & Lies”

2004-The National Theatre Critics Society Award for Outstanding Writing, Geraniums

2002-The National Theatre Critics Society Award for Outstanding Direction, A Moment of Silence

2001-The 19th Fadjr International Theatre Festival of Iran Award for Outstanding Direction, A Moment of Silence

2000-“The 18th Fadjr International Theatre Festival of Iran Award for Outstanding

Direction, Till Tomorrow”

1999-“-The National Theatre Critics Society Award for Outstanding Direction, Dance of Torn Papers

-The 17th Fadjr International Theatre Festival of Iran Awards for Outstanding Writing and Direction, Dance of Torn Papers”

1998-The 16th Fadjr International Theatre Festival of Iran Awards for Outstanding Writing and Direction, Winter 88.

TRANSLATED PLAYS

A Moment of Silence, in English, French, Turkish and Kurdish

Drought & Lies, English, German, Kurdish and Turkish

Winter 1988, French and Kurdish

Moon on the Water, English, Turkish, Kurdish

SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016 Playwriting at New wave Artistic company, Future School, Toronto

2014 “Acting, directing, and playwriting at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,

University of Toronto)”

2012 Playwriting to MA students at Tehran University, Iran

2011 Playwriting to BA students at Tehran University, Iran

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

“2010-2014 / Member of the Managing Board at the Iran Theatre Forum

“2004-2012 / Member of the Managing Board at Iran’s Playwrights Society

“2002-2004 /-Member of the Managing Board at the Iran Theatre Forum

-Member of the Managing Board at Iran’s Theatre Directors Society”