Amir Gudarzi

Amir Gudarzi was born in Iran in 1986 during the Iran-Iraq war. He later graduated at the only school for theatre in the country at that time and studied scenic writing in Tehran. Due to censorship, his plays were only shown in private circles. On the side, he wrote scripts for TV-series and feature films. Since 2009, Gudarzi has lived in involuntary exile in Vienna, Austria, where he studied theatre, film and media studies.

In 2017, he won the exil-DramatikerInnenpreis for his play Between Us and Them Lies … In 2018 he was nominated for the Austrian Hans-Gratzer scholarship of Schauspielhaus Wien, his play Arash//Heimkehrer premiered in Vienna and his performance The Knowledge Tree was shown in Jerusalem. In 2019 Gudarzi’s play The Assassin’s Castle was invited to the Berlin Stückemarkt. In 2020 Jelly man – The Future in between my Fingers premiered in Vienna and his piece Who cut the cake was shown in London’s Royal Court Theatre as part of the Living Newspaper project.

Gudarzi is nominated for the Austrian Retzhofer drama price 2021 with his play Wonderwomb and received numerous drama and literary scholarships, including 2018-2020 from the Austrian Chancellery and 2020/2021 from the Literary Colloquium Berlin. Amir
Gudarzi lives in Vienna and is working on his debut novel.