Soussan Farrokhnia, actor/director is co-founder of Saam Theatre Company and currently acts as its Chief Executive and Artistic Director

She has more than forty years of experience in the world of Drama and currently direct Saam Theatre Company artistically.


Education

2004 – 2005: NVQ in Management - Advice - London Centre, UK

1978 - 1980: Diploma in Theatre, acting and movement –Jacque Lecoq International Drama School, Paris, France

1977 – 1978: M.A. in Techniques and Aesthetics in the Theatre – University of Paris VIII in Paris, France

1968 – 1972: B.A. In Theatre studies – University of Tehran, Iran


Work Experience

2014-15: Artistic Director of London Persian –English Theatre Festival funded by Art Council

2013: Create and Direct London Persian –English Theatre Festival

2013 – Present: Running Drama/Acting Master Classes-London, UK

2013 – Present: Running Drama Workshops and managing the project: English through Drama –funded by the City Bridge Trust – London, UK

2013: Running Drama Drill Workshops (speech and presentation) for ‘Shaherzad goes to Work’ project - funded by the Award for All-London, UK.

2009 – 2013: Managing the Family Learning project –funded by the Big Lottery - London-UK

2000: Co-founding Saam Theatre Company – London, UK

1972 – 2000:

Starting and running a series of Artistic & Cultural gatherings and events in English and Persian named ‘Gala in Hell’ with Soudabeh Nia – London, UK

Recording a CD of Love Poem`s of Forough Farrokhzad – London, UK

Specialist Commentator at the radio programme: Women at Crossroads – Persian section of BBC World Service – London, UK

Reading of the monologue Fairy Light by Ghazi Rabihavi, Accompanied by Harold Pinter and Salman Rushdie - organised by INDEX (Organization against censorship) Purcell Room – London, UK

Working in department of Booking, giving information and front house of Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, France

Founding member of the Youth Theatre Program of the Centre for the Youth Intellectual Development under leadership of Don Laffon –Tehran, Iran


Directing

2015: Abol`s sister by Ali Nasr youth Theatre-London

2014: Hard Life (play in English) by Samuel Gaulier Arts depot-London

2014: Night School (in Persian) by Harold Pinter Arts depot-London

2013: Scandal in Tehran (play in English) - Group Writing - Arts Depot – London, UK

2012: Zaman- Khan `s Rule – (the first play ever written in Persian) by Mirza-Agha Tabrizi - London, UK.

2011: My Beautiful Son – by Ghazi Rabihavi –Arts Depot, Youth Theatre East Finchley (with English subtitle) – London, UK; and European Tour.

2010: Tahmineh`s Nightmare –bilingual production based on a play by Bahram Beyzaiee and Mostafa Shafafi - funded by the Arts Council England - Arts Depot and Riverside studios London, UK

2009: Adaptation & Directing - The Sudden Death of my Mother- in- Law, based on a play by George Feydeau – funded by the European Cultural Foundation - Arts Depot – London, UK; and European Tour

2007: Birth after Death by B.Ghanbar-Husseini - funded by the Arts Council England - Arts Depot-London-UK


Acting

Among other leading roles:

2014: Mrs Fakor in Under the Shadow a film by Babak Anvari

Afsaneh in Bittersweet by A.Hamed a collaboration work with Daryoush Rezvani –Art depot-London

2013: Tina in: A Private Dream by Iraj Jannati Attaie - Drury Lane Theatre – London, UK; and international (USA, Canada and Europe) tour.

2012: Manigeh in: Be Yad Nist (Not Remembering) written & directed by Darioush Rezvani – Arts Depot – London, UK; and European tour.

2011: Mother in: My Beautiful Son –by Ghazi Rabihavi (subtitled in English) - Arts Depot & Youth Theatre, East Finchley – London, UK; and European tour

2010: Tahmineh in: Tahmineh`s Nightmare –bilingual production based on a play by Bahram Beyzaiee and Mostafa Shafafi – Funded by the Arts Council England - Arts Depot & Riverside studios – London, UK

2009: Mary in: Adventures of a Friday Night in Dr Tabibzadeh`s Villa based on a play by Dario Fo - Adapted by M- Husseinpour, Directed by Elizabeth Mansfield – London, UK

Farzaneh in: Have I ever happened? – Short film by Ramin Godarzi-Nejad - London, UK.

Bag Lady in: Compote by Philippe Gaulier translated from French to Persian by Soussan Farrokhnia in collaboration with Mostafa Shafafi, directed by Soussan Farrokhnia - Rudolf Steiner Theatre –London, UK; and European tour

2001: The Woman in: She, who Finished Left, and Returned Unfinished by Mostafa Shafafi, directed by Soudabeh Nia-London, UK; and European tour

1998: Shbah Kabous in: Out and Return by Iraj-Jannatie-Attaie –The Questors Theatre –London, UK; and European tour.

Bibi in: The Tiger by J. Fletcher, directed by Kristin Landon- Smith - radio Drama BBC Birmingham

1997: Maryam in: The Tale of a Kiss by Ghazi Rabihavi directed by M.Husseinpour – London, UK

1995: Hadda & Spiteful Woman in: The Princesses, by F. Gllaire directed by Anny Castledine - Royal Court London, UK

Chorus in: The Women of Troy by Euripides directed by Anny Castledine – Olivier Hall, National Theatre – London, UK

1994: Mrs Pouyan in: Fear of Passion by T. Mokhtar - The Place Theatre – London, UK

Mary in: Aunt Aggies’s Gut Rot by Philippe Gaulier – translated from French into Persian by Soussan Farrokhnia - The Ukrainian Cultural Centre – London, UK

1992: Katayon in: Rostam and Esphandiar by Irai Jannati-Attaie – Lyric Theatre – London, UK

1983-1991:

Member of Serge Martin`s cast for Les Buffon – Avignon Festival – France.

Member of Philippe Gaulier`s company for Le Debut;

Esmeralda – comedia dell Arte and High Priestess in Les Buffon – Frankfort, Germany.

1969-1976:

Alice in: Look Back in Anger by John Osborn - Directed by P. Parvaresh - Tele Theatre –Tehran, Iran

Marquis Spina in: Henry IV by L. Pirandello, Directed by M. Kowsar – Tele Theatre –Tehran, Iran

Beatrice in: A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller directed by H. Samandarian –Tehran, Iran

Desdemona in: Othello by William Shakespeare Directed by M. Kowsar –Tehran, Iran