Trained in her hometown Tehran, Deniz Khateri is an actor, director, playwright, shadow puppetry artist and animator based in New York. Her works attempt to experiment with form and exploring the unique characteristics of the medium that she is using. In search of a poetical style in her theatre, tone becomes an important concept in her works to an extent that music/sound become characters in a play. She tends to create abstract characters in her works in order for the piece to be more inclusive and multi-voiced. She also co-founded Un-آن theater Ensemble to feature more works from Iranian playwrights.
Deniz has performed extensively in Tehran and has worked with Boston theatre companies including ArtsEmerson, Central Square, Underground Railway Theatre, Boston University, Apollinaire , etc. Her plays have been performed in festivals in Tehran, Boston and New York.
In her new work,”The Cellos’ Dialogue” workshopped and performed at NYC’s Exponential festival, she experimented using her musical instrument,Qeychak, as a puppet. Deniz has created and directed shadow puppetry visuals for several contemporary classical composers and companies including Guerrilla opera and Long Beach opera company.
Deniz has won the NYFA award for her animated web series "Diasporan Series" which is about daily struggles of immigrants . Written, directed, produced and animated by herself, Diasporan tells real stories of immigrants from Iran.