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کارگاه حضوری بازی‌گری به سرپرستی آیدا کیخایی

کارگاه حضوری برای علاقه‌مندان به بازی‌گری در تورنتو برگزار می‌شود.

این کارگاه درصورت رسیدن به حد نصاب شش نفر از روز شنبه هفده آگست  آغاز خواهد شد و به‌صورت هفته‌گی خواهد بود.

تعداد جلسه‌های کارگاه در کل دوازده و هر جلسه سه ساعت خواهد بود.

درباره‌ی آیدا کیخایی، بازی‌گر

آیدا کیخائی، بازی‌گر، کارگردان، آموزگار تئاتر و یکی از موسسان کمپانی NOWADAYS THEATRE  است.

آیدا کیخائی دانش‌آموخته‌ی رشته‌ی تئاتر از دانش‌کده‌ی هنرهای زیبا  و کارشناسی ارشد کارگردانی تئاتر از دانش‌گاه هنرهای زیبای تهران است. از کارهای برجسته‌ی او در مقام بازی‌گر می‌توان به بازی در تئاترهای «یک دقیقه سکوت»، «زمستان شصت‌وشش»، «برهان»، «خشک‌‌سالی و دروغ»، «بیداری خانه‌ی نسوان»، «تنها راه ممکن»، «ماه در آب» و «نوشتن در تاریکی» و بازی در فیلم‌های سینمایی «ما همه خوبیم» و «خشک‌سالی و دروغ» و سریال‌های تلویزونی «روزگار جوانی»، «ایست‌گاه»، «دختران»، «و خدا عشق را آفرید»، و «سلام زندگی» اشاره کرد. آیدا کیخایی کارگردانی نمایش‌های «خداحافظ»، یک دقیقه سکوت»، «شام با دوستان»، «مرد بالشی» و «خواب در فنجان خالی» را به زبان فارسی و نمایش‌های «تیم شنا» و «رقص کاغذپاره‌ها» را به زبان انگلیسی در کارنامه‌ی کاری خود دارد. او در سال ۲۰۱۵ به کانادا مهاجرت کرده و ساکن تورنتو است. در سال ۲۰۱۶ به‌هم‌راه محمد یعقوبی کمپانی تئاتر این‌روزها (NOWADAYS THEATRE) را تاسیس کرد. 

آیدا کیخایی در سال ۲۰۱۶ در نمایش «برهان» به کارگردانی محمد یعقوبی در سالن تئاتر Fairview ایفای نقش نمود وی همچنین در سال ۲۰۱۶ به کارگردانی مشترک محمد یعقوبی نمایش «مرد بالشی» را در سالن تئاتر  Fairview  در تورنتو به روی صحنه برد. سپس در سال ۲۰۱۸ نمایش «رقص کاغذپاره‌ها» را به کارگردانی مشترک محمد یعقوبی و با حمایت اداره‌ی هنرهای تورنتو و اداره‌ی هنرهای انتاریو به زبان انگلیسی با حضور بازی‌گران چندملیتی به زبان انگلیسی اجرا نمود. وی هم‌چنین در سال ۲۰۱۸ نمایش «تیم شنا» را در فستیوال تئاتر سامرورکس به زبان انگلیسی اجرا کرد و این نمایش کاندیدای به‌ترین کارگردانی توسط کمپانی Canadian Stage و در چهار عنوان کارگردانی، طراحی صحنه، بازی‌گری و به‌ترین نمایش توسط هفته‌نامه‌ی  NOW شناخته شد. آیدا کیخایی در ماه مارچ ۲۰۱۹ در نمایش «تنها راه ممکن» نوشته و کار محمد یعقوبی برای نخستین بار بازی به زبان انگلیسی را در Canadian Stage  تجربه کرد. سپس در سال ۲۰۲۰ با نمایش زمستان شصت و شش به زبان انگلیسی در فستیوال نکست استیج  که نقدهای بسیار مثبتی برای او در پی داشت. سومین بازی‌ آیدا به زبان انگلیسی بازی در نمایش از زیرزمین تا پشت بام نوشته‌ی مهین صدری و به کارگردانی خود آیدا بود که در دوران کرونا به صورت آن‌لاین اجرا شد. آیدا در سال ۲۰۲۲ با نمایش دل سگ به کارگردانی محمد یعقوبی در فستیوال نکست‌استیج به صورت آن‌لاین چهارمین بار به انگلیسی بازی کرد و از نقدهای مثبت بسیار مثبت برای بازی در نقش شاریک برخوردار شد. تازه‌‌ترین کار هنری آیدا کیخایی بازی در نمایش «تیمور لنگ» نوشته و کار محمد یعقوبی بود که در فوریه ۲۰۲۴ در کروز تیاتر به مدت یک ماه به روی صحنه بود. آیدا کیخایی در این نمایش به دو زبان فارسی و انگلیسی ایفای نقش کرد و کاندیدای جایزه‌ی بازی‌گری دورا مور میور (Dora Mavor Moore Awards) شد. 

About Aida Keykaii

Aida Keykhaii is a Canadian-Iranian Dora Award nominee actor and director, producer, theatre instructor with over a decade’s experience in the Industry. She holds an M.A. in Theatre Directing and a B.A. in Acting from the University of Tehran. She is the co-founder of NOWADAYS THEATRE, the 2018-19 Company in Residency at Canadian Stage, where she made her Canadian acting debut in ‘The Only Possible Way’. During the Pandemic in 2021, Aida directed the English premiere of ‘From The Basement To The Roof’ on Zoom and had a main role in the project. Then she performed in the English premier of ‘Mother’ at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2021. Aida received excellent feedback from audiences and critics for her performances in the English premiere of “Winter of 88” at the Next Stage Theatre Festival 2020 and “Heart of a Dog” at the Next Stage Theatre Festival 2022. Her most recent stage appearance was in “Earworm,” presented by Nowadays Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre in February 2024. For her outstanding performance in “Earworm,” Aida was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by an Individual. 

Select Theatre and Film Credits: ‘What we do in the Shadows’ (F.X.), ‘Coroner’ (CBC), ‘Children of Fire’, ‘Harbour House’, ‘Persimmon’, ‘Heart of a Dog’, ‘Children of Fire’, ’Drought and Lies’, ‘Heart of a Dog’, ‘Mother’, ‘From The Basement To The Roof’, ‘Winter of 88’, ‘The Only Possible Way’, ‘Swim Team’, ‘Proof’, ‘Dinner with Friends’, ‘Sleeping in an Empty Cup’, ‘The Pillowman’, ‘Iceland’ and ‘we are All fine’.

Select Awards and Honours: The Iran Festival of University Theatre for Outstanding acting, Olive; The International Iran Festival of University Theatre award for Outstanding directing, Goodbye; Honourable Mention from Canadian Stage in Direction and the NOW’s annual list of the “Best of the Fest” for Outstanding Production, Ensemble, and Direction, Swim Team.

Reviews on Aida Keykhaii’s Acting

– “Keykhaii as Homa is simply magnificent, and she acts rings around her colleagues in what is a Dora nomination-worthy performance.” • paulapitron.ca: Paula Citron, review on “Earworm” directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi and performed by Aida Keykhaii as Homa, Crow’s Theatre, February & March 2024

– “The mother, Nasrin, played by Aida Keykhaii (in the theatre stage Winter of 88), steals the show as she is able to encompass the perfect mix of wit and worry of a mother.” • From review by Deanne Kearney (Mooney on Theatre) on ‘Winter of 88’ performed by Aida Keykhaii as Nasrin (Mother) and directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, 2020.

-Keykhaii delivers a bravura performance as Sharikov, growling, whining and twitching impulsively, always finding the canine aspects of her character.” • From review by Glen Sumi (NOW Magazine) on ‘Heart of a Dog’ performed by Aida Keykhaii as Sharik and directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, 2022.

-“Aida Keykhaii is extraordinary as Sharik, acting basically as if she were possessed by the spirit of a dog. It’s a no-holds-barred performance that seems as if it might veer out of control, but, in fact, Keykhaii carefully details Sharik’s step-by-step transformation from dog to human, while revealing Sharik’s painful internal battle between her imposed humanity and essential caninity at every stage.” • From review by Christopher Hoile (Stage Door Review) on ‘Heart of a Dog’ performed by Aida Keykhaii as Sharik and directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, 2022.

– “I was most impressed by the body contortions of Aida Keykhaii’s in her performance as the stray dog.” • From a review by Joe Szekeres on ‘Heart of a Dog’ performed by Aida Keykhaii as Sharik and directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, 2022.

-“Keykhaii is such a fierce presence. She manages to sustain the character’s acute suffering without it ever feeling histrionic.” • From review by Istvan Dugalin (Istvan Reviews) on MOTHER, performed by Aida Keykhaii and directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, an online performance at Toronto Fringe, 2021. “Heart of a Dog,”

– “Here, the performances are stunning, moving the lead female’s story from chaos to a relatable unsteady relief.” • From a review by Rachel Ganz (My Entertainment World on MOTHER, performed by Aida Keykhaii and directed by Mohammad Yaghoubi, an online performance at Toronto Fringe, 2021.


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