Born and raised in Tehran,Iran, Deniz Khateri is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York and Boston. With a diverse range of skills in stage acting, directing, playwriting, shadow puppetry artistry, and animation, Deniz's works often experiment with form and explore themes such as memory, grief, immigration, and the concept of home.
Deniz holds a Master's degree in Theatre from City University of New York and has an impressive record of performances and festivals to her credit. Her plays have been showcased in several national and international festivals, including the New Perspective Theatre, International Puppet Fringe Festival, Ice Factory 2022, Exponential Festival, Bostonia Bohemia, Our Voices Women Playwrights, Purely Political, The Tank Virtual Festival, CUNY graduate center Performed Knowledge festival, and Hunter College.
Deniz's collaborations with contemporary classical composers and companies, such as OperFrankfurt, Guerilla Opera, Dinosaur Annex, and Long Beach Opera, have resulted in innovative video arts and shadow puppetry visuals for their productions. Her achievements as an actor include performances with renowned companies such as ArtsEmerson (Paramount Stage), SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage, The Center at West Park NY, Built for Collapse, Apollinaire Company, and others.
Deniz's Oscar-qualified documentary animated web series, "Diasporan", for which she won the NYFA award, explores the daily struggles of immigrants.