is a director and choreographer from Tehran, Iran based in New York. Credits: Untitled (Rattlestick Theatre), Lucretia (HERE), Death of Yazdgerd, Titus Andronicus (Yale School of Drama). Co-founded and co-curated Emruz Festival, and co-founded Peydah Theatre Company. Shadi was a 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. Shadighaheri.com
Jumaane Williams and Bryan Doerries with Lucas Kane and Shadi Ghaheri
We first spoke with Doerries, cofounder and artistic director of Theater of War Productions, back in April during one of our lunchtime conversations here at the Rail. We were taken, not only by his view that ancient tragedy can be utilized to engage in communal conversations around trauma, but also by his critiques that much of the contemporary theater world fails to use this powerful art form to engage in such necessary work.