Arvand Dashtaray

Arvand Dashtaray is an ambitious and influential theater maker of his generation, making waves in the art world from a young age. At 19, he founded Virgule, a production company that he has produced, directed and designed more than 30 performances to date. He is known for his diverse direction and experimental approach to theater, which has earned him international acclaim. With a vision of bridging cultural gaps through collaborative projects, Dashtaray influenced and led Iran’s independent theater movement. In 2018 he was International Director of Fajr International Theater Festival, where he created an extensive international program and implemented his signature. His immense contribution to Iranian theater culture has cemented Arvand Dashtaray as one of the most important directors of his time ̒ in Iran and beyond.

Marene van Holk

Marene van Holk trained as an actress in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and LAMDA and worked there as an actress in theatre and TV (e.g. BBC Silent Witness). In 2012 set up her own theatre company Meet Alice with which she created site-specific interactive theatre in London. In 2014 she moved to Tehran to join Virgule as creative producer, director and actor. Inspired by the fertile breeding ground of the theatre scene in Iran, she quickly built up a name for herself acting and directing in Farsi in Tehran. For Virgule she directed “Green Screen” a promenade, site-specific piece as a response to the heavily reported European ‘Refugee Crisis’ of 2015/16. As a creative producer she set up research project “Reconsider your image of me”. As an actress she was nominated for a best actress award at the Fajr festival in 2016 for her portrayal of Sana “From the Basement to the Roof”; she has starred in Iranian cinema such as “The 9th Symphony”; “The Absent Director” and the series “Gheble-Alam”.

Naghmeh Samini

Naghmeh Samini (PhD), playwright, scriptwriter and lecturer in Dramatic Arts, was born in Iran and received her BA in Drama and MA in Cinema from the University of Tehran. She did her PhD in Art Studies at the University of Tarbiat Modarres in Tehran with a thesis focused on Drama and Mythology. More than twenty of her plays have been staged in Iran, France, India, Canada, the United States and other countries. These include Sleeping in an Empty Cup, Sky Horses Rain Ashes, Making Faces and The Home. Her screenplays, including Main Line and Heiran and 3 women won awards. In 2007 critics selected her as one of the five top playwrights in Iran. Her plays are experimental in structure and handle a variety of topical subjects at personal and sociopolitical levels. Inspired by One Thousand and One Night, she uses magic realism and non-linear narratives in her plays. One of her recent plays entitled The King and the Mathematician: A Legend (2012) was selected by UNESCO as one of the cultural achievements of the year.Naghmeh’s journey with Virgule started from the Audition project in 2015, since then she bacame one of the key members of Virgule’s projects and we made one feature and 4 shows together.

Cecile Brommer

Cecile Brommer studied Theater Studies at the University of Amsterdam and has been supporting directors of (music) theater performances and television series since 1997 with research, conception and implementation of their ideas. She also regularly gives introductions to performances. She works for Operadagen Rotterdam, ROSE stories, Skyhigh TV, Via Berlin and Theatergroep MATZER, among others. Cecile is also affiliated with the Bachelor and Master Music Theater at ArtEZ.She has worked with VirguleFPAC, as a dramaturge since 2015 till now.

Hossein Akbari

Executive Manager And Production Manager Hossein Akbari (1978), studied scriptwriting and since 2004, developed his career in Iranian cinema as a Production Manager. He was Executive Manager of The Labyrinth and TV series The Twilight. His first movie as Producer was Virgule’s The Absent Director (2021). Since then he has been head of Film Production for Virgule Film and Performing Arts Company.

Mohammad Ghods

Producer, production manager and executor of more than 150 theaters / Official producer of Nima Reisi concerts and organizer of more than 10 domestic and international concerts active in the following specialized fields:
1. Producer, production manager, project manager, theater, cinema and music.
2. International theater and concert performances.
3. Management and consulting in the field of IT.
4. Consulting in the field of branding and advertising.
He is working with Virgule as a producer since 2017

Mahta Karimi

Mahta Karimi was born in 1981,Tehran. Graduated in cultural management (BA). She started her activity as public relations since 1387 in public and private organizations and theater groups and has been working with Virgule since 2020 as Virgule’s executive manager.

Vasilis Apostolatos

November 2009 - 2023 Working as a light and set designer for several theatres, location theatre, cultural venues and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad .Some of my work can be found at . Since 2013 I teach conceptual lighting design in the Toneelacademie Maastricht .and as from 2019 I teachTechnical Theater and Stage Design at the American School of the Hague (ASH).

Amin Yazdani Nejad

Amin Yazdaninejad, a graduate of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), started his career at theater in 2005, and since 2009, he has been working with Virgule, as an assistant director and production manager.

Sanaz Bagheri

SANAZ BAGHERI Theatre Manager And Actress (2012 – Present) EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND MFA in Production Management (2023_ present) Boston University, Collage of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, The USA. MA in Theater Acting (2020 – 2023) Tehran University of Art, Tehran, Iran. BA in Theater Acting & Directing ( 2009 – 2014) University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, Tehran, Iran.

Romina Davachi

Romina Davachi (1994) is and Assistant Director, Actress and Musician. She has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Shahid Beheshti University and a bachelor's degree in Music from Farhang and Art University in Tehran. She started her career with Virgule FPAC in 2013 working as an assistant director on “Green Screen”, “Reconsider Your Image of Me”, “The Gardener of Death”, “Let’s keep It Between Us” and “The Improvisation”. She worked as an actress on “Door to Door” gallery performance and feature film “The Absent Director”. She worked on the first Theatre Producers Training Programme in Iran in 2018.

Kiarash Mosayebi

Kiarash Mosayebi (born on April 2, 1990 in Tehran) is an Iranian artist, theater photographer, and member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Theater Photographers of Iran. Kiarash, is a graduate of Master's degree in Art Research from the University of Art and Architecture of Azad University. In his artistic career, he has won many awards in the photo section of domestic and foreign festivals, such as the best photographer award of the 38th Fajr International Theater Festival, as well winner of the best photography of the International University Theater Festival. Kiarash works with Virgule since 2015.

Ali Kianian

Ali Kianian a multi instrumentalist, sound engineer, and Composer; Ali graduated from the Music Industry program at USC (University of Southern California) in 2013. Ever since returing to Iran, he has worked as a composer, audio engineer, and sound consultant in the theatre industry, working on numerous projects with the likes of Atila Pesyani, Reza Kianian, Jalal Tehrani, Atefe Tehrani, and of course Arvand Dashtaray. Ali also pursues a solo career as an independent electronic musician.

Pouya Razi

Pooya Razi is a Visual artist who works and lives in Tehran. He holds a BA in Painting from the Art University of Tehran. Razi’s paintings have been exhibited in Tehran, Paris, Canada, and Dubai. He started making movies in 2012 and his first animated short film was nominated for the Grand The prize at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. Razi’s movies have been officially selected for some major international short film festivals. in particular, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2015, Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal, Canada. Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, 2015. He also won the award for the best experimental film from the 35th Tehran International Short Film Festival and the 7th Khorshid film festival, “Special mention of the jury” of the 67th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.

Diba Khatami

Diba khatami is an Iranian actress who was born in 1992 in Tehran. She graduated in theater from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran. She started her career by joining Virgule Company in 2013. "The Improvisation", "Absent Director", "Reconsider your image of me", "Cromaki" and "Keep it between us" are the projects of Virgule Company that she participated in as an actress.

Peyman shadmanfar

Peyman Shadmanfar has collaborated as a DoP with many of the greatest Iranian directors in film and TV, including Oscar and Cannes award-winner Asghar Farhadi. Shadmanfar shot all of Dashtaray’s film productions to date, including Atisaz 1 & 2 and The Absent Director.

Alireza Alavian

Alireza was born in Tehran on December 12, 1979. He began his career in cinema in 2001 as a sound assistant. Since 2003, he has been the sound mixer of "Salade Fasl" a program directed by Fereydoun Jeyrani. He has also worked with many other well-known Iranian directors. He has received numerous awards including the first International Sound Prize in Iranian cinema for sound design and sound editing of the short film "An Sooy e Bonbast (2012)" at the Best Shorts Competition - California Film Festival. He has been the sound designer of all Virgule Film projects.

Vahid Ghotbizadeh

Vahid Ghotbizadeh is an award winning Post Production Supervisor and Visual Effects Supervisor (VFX). He has worked with numerous directors in Iran. For ‘Crazy Castle’ he won a Simorgh at Fajr film festival in 2015 and the 2016 CINÉFONDATION Selection for "Aram". Ghotbizadeh worked on Virgule productions: The Absent Director and Atisaz.

Behrad Javanbakht

Behrad Javanbakht is a passionate, talented graphic designer and dedicated teacher. After graduating from Azad University’s Faculty of Art and Architecture, he began teaching graphics in universities and "Vijeh school" in 2006. His impressive professional portfolio showcases his vivacious creativity and skill – ranging from stage design for the "Khandwane" television program to artistic management for numerous companies and publications. Additionally, Behrad has collaborated with esteemed clients such as “Fajr International Theater Festival”, “Children's Intellectual Development Center”, “Cultural and Artistic Organization of Tehran Municipality”, “Hamshahri Publications”, and “Chelcheragh Weekly". He has been part of the Virgule team since 2012. As a member of the Graphic Designers Association of Iran, Behrad continues to express his artistry through each individual project he embarks on.

Reza Eslampanah

Reza Eslampanah was born in 1975, and was graduated with a degree of bachelor of geology from Azad university. He started his experience in advertising in 2000, and has been a professional copywriter since 2008. Currently he works as brand Communication consultant and creative director for Farbod Company. Reza has been working with virgule as marketing advisor and copywriter since 2017 he was involved in tin tin, gardener of death, let’s keep it between us and the father advertising campaign and designed the slogans of these project. Reza also is a member of our marketing ideas to develop culture & arts for the society. Reza has been working with Virgule as marketing advisor and copywriter since 2017 he was involved in Tin Tin, Gardener of Death, Let’s keep it between us and The Father advertising campaign, designing the slogans of these project. Reza also is a member of our marketing team to develop the relationship between culture & arts and society.

Mohammad zahedi

Mohammad Zahedi (1982) holds a PhD in Philosophy and an MA in Industrial Design. He works an interior designer and technical designer. Specialising in the design and construction of optical sculptures in IVAR Co and road barriers with polymer based composites. As a writer he has published 3 books and 5 articles on philosophical and artistic topics. Mohammad has been working with Virgule since 2010 as technical designer and design advisor.

Golnaz Golshan

Costume designer
Golnaz Golshan born1979 in Tehran. Graduated in Scene and Costume design (BA) and Art studies (MA) from Art university, she began working in theatre with costume designing for Fox Hunting (directed by Ali Rafiiee), she designed for more than 30 theaters and 15 movies, she also has been teaching in Art university of Tehran, since 2006 as a faculty staff. In 2022, After she designed THE FATHER’s customs for Virgule, she bacame head Of the costume design department of Virgule FPAC.