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Deniz is an Iranian-American theatre artist based in New York. Her works experiment with form and they focus on memory, grief, immigration and the concept of home. Her plays have been performed in several national and international festivals including Chain theatre NYC festival, Meganne George Women’s Works, International Puppet Fringe Festival, Ice Factory 2022,The Tank NYC, Exponential Festival, Bostonia Bohemia, Our Voices Women Playwrights, Purely Political, CUNY graduate center Performed Knowledge festival and Hunter College. She has written and directed experimental librettos and music-theatre projects that challenge the status quo and current vernacular of the theatre and modern opera scene. Her opera “Salt '' has been acclaimed as “remarkable on every level”(Ewing Reviwing) and was nominated for best production of an opera and best direction at broadway boston magazine. Selected as a playwriting lab resident at NYC’s New Perspective Theatre, she has also designed and directed international shows, video arts and shadow puppetry visuals for several contemporary classical composers and companies including OperFrankfurt, Guerilla Opera, Dinosaur Annex, and Long Beach Opera. . Holding an MA in Theatre from City University of New York,she has trained in master classes with prominent international artists including Peter Brook, Paul Zaloom and Gardzienice theatre company of Poland. She is an adjunct lecturer at Hunter college and Queens borough community college of CUNY.

Awarded by UNIMA-USA for “excellence in writing for the art of puppetry” she has been the recipient of NYSCA award for her new project “Husks from Iran”, as well as the NYFA fund for her Oscar-qualified documentary animated web series, “Diasporan”, for which she is the writer, director, animator and singer and explores the daily struggles of immigrants. (


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