Azade Shahmiri, born 1982 in Tehran, is a theatre artist and performer. Her artistic practice oscillates between theatre, performance, and forms of installation. She graduated in Dramatic Literature from the University of Tehran in 2009 and holds a Ph.D. in Art Studies. Alongside the text, the collaboration between film, video, sonic and visual materials are central to her creations. Her lecture performance Damascus and the theatre piece Voicelessness were presented at various international festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Edinburgh International Theatre Festival, ITFoK Theatre Festival (Kerala), Théâtre de l'Usine (Geneva), and at the Asian Arts Theater (Gwangju). In her two latest performances Unperforming (2018, Mannheim Theatre Festival Schwindelfrei), and Museum (2019, Iran Fadjr International Theatre Festival) she moved out of the black box to explore the potentiality and readability of space, and the qualities of co-presence of performer and spectator while trying to challenge the theatre’s power structure.