Baran Theatre is an Iranian-Australian group based in Brisbane, established in 2013. We are founded on one of the most basic philosophies of theatre: dialogue. We believe in the power of theatre to create social change through transformational experiences for audiences.
Baran Theatre is lead by artist Nasim Khosravi.
Born in the south of Iran, Nasim Khosravi is a Brisbane based writer, director and performance maker investigating the potential for cross-cultural fusion and possible ways for interactive theatre while keeping a poetic tone.
She is specifically interested in using modern techniques to achieve a dialogue between Iranian traditional theatrical elements and contemporary theatre. In this dialogue, the modern reconstruction of classical literary works has had a significant place.
Through a feminist perspective, she has worked on her dramatisation of religious and mythological characters, which resulted in her dramatic works, drawing on characters like Mary and Sarah & Hagar.
As a feminist activist, Nasim cooperated with the One Million Signatures Campaign for the Repeal of Discriminatory Laws in Iran. She organised and offered several workshops for playwriting with feminist approaches and contributed in raising awareness for Women’s Rights by directing several street theatres. At this point, she found a modification of Augusto Boal’s theory of invisible theatre in accordance with the social-political situation in Iran to be an effective way to reach her audience. Nasim’s last stage theatre performance in Iran, was No Swinging Allowed performed in March 2008 in Tehran and was banned after its first show.
After years of study and practice in contemporary performance in Iran, Nasim founded Baran, an Iranian-Australian theatre group, in Brisbane in 2013. The first project of Baran Theatre, Vis and Ramin developed over two years and premiered in 2016 at Metro Arts, where Nasim also presented Thin Air Brush in 2017. Vis and Ramin has also presented at FCAC Melbourne in 2017. Nasim is currently Assistant Director for Bell Shakespeare’s national tour of Julius Caesar.