Maryam Zaree

International Residency 2019 - Maryam Zaree

Maryam Zaree was born in Tehran. She grew up in Frankfurt am Main and studied acting at the University for Film in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her breakthrough as an actor was the lead role in Burhan Qurbani’s film Shahada. Since then, she has played a dozen lead roles in Germany and in various European co-productions. For TNT’s series 4 Blocks, she received the Grimme- Award 2018 for Best Actress. Maryam has also performed at various theatres, including Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, and Maxim Gorki Theater. In 2013/14 she was co-author and dramaturg of the play Niemandsland by Yael Ronen for Schauspielhaus Graz.

Her debut play Kluge Gefühle won the author’s prize at the Heidelberger  Stückemarkt Festival in 2017, had its premiere at the 2018 Stückemarkt Festival in Heidelberg. Also in 2018, the play received a very successful production in Berlin at the theatre Hebbel am Ufer, co-directed by Niels Bormann and Maryam Zaree. Maryam’s first documentary film Born in Evin,  will have its world premiere at the Berlinale 2019.

Photo Credit: Stefan Klüter