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Azar Kazemi

  • akazemi1@depaul.edu
  • Theatre Studies
  • ​MFA The Theatre School at DePaul University​

  • Theatre Studies
  • 773-325-8296

Azar Kazemi is the Founding Artistic Director at The Blind Owl, a socially-charged theatre where the political and personal collide. She most recently directed The Wizards by Ricardo Gamboa as part of the Goodman Theatre's New Stages Festival. Some of Azar's Chicago directing credits include: the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green's dirty butterfly, the mid-west premiere of Jack's Precious Moment by Samuel D. Hunter, Crave by Sarah Kane, and The Coming World by Christopher Shinn. She is a graduate of DePaul University's MFA Directing program and currently teaches at DePaul as an adjunct professor of Theatre Studies. Her classes include: Race & Ethnicity in American Theatre, Politics, Pop Culture & the Stage, Discover Chicago, and Collaboration. Azar has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Jackalope Theatre, Silk Road Rising, American Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In New York City Azar worked at The New Group where she assistant directed three Off-Broadway productions, two under the direction of her mentor Ethan Hawke.