Mohammad Aghebati has decades of experience in directing plays for adults and young audiences in his native Iran. He has received various awards for his plays including the Young Artist Medal of Honor from Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami. Aghebati was a member of the Leev Theater Group, which is known as one of Iran’s most successful and critically acclaimed theater groups.
In 2007, Aghebati was selected and commissioned by Japan Foundation to direct a new interpretation of Oedipus Rex, which played in Tokyo. Several of his works have toured various international festivals.
In the US, “Hamlet, Prince of Grief” was presented as a part of the Under the Radar Festival at NYC’s Public Theater, receiving a great review from the New York Times. Since then, it has been presented at Asia Society in New York, Brigham Young University and at University of Southern California, and Sarasota’s Ringling Festival.
He received his MFA from Brooklyn College in Performance and Media Arts and currently is a professor in Tehran University where he teaches workshops in directing and theater history with a focus on ancient cultures and traditional methods of storytelling.