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Behrouz Gharibpour

Behrouz Gharibpour (Persian: بهروز غریب‌پور‎) (born 1950) is a renowned Iranian theatre director and pioneer of traditional Persian puppet theatre.[1]

He studied theatre at Tehran University and at Dramatic Arts Academy in Rome (Silvio D'Amico). He founded Tehran and Esfahan puppet theatre centres and changed the Tehran’s slaughterhouse into the greatest Iran’s Cultural Centre. He has experienced in writing and directorship in fields such as theatre, puppet theatre, cinema, documentary movies, and T.V.

Gharibpour is known for his solid research works on the Iranian puppetry as was commonly practiced during Qajar era. He was the president of the UNIMA.

Notable works

ASHURA marionette opera. As the first celestial opera and marionette opera in Islamic World. Rumi based on phillosophical story of great mistic poet of Islamic world.


  • The Hans Christian Andersen Award (2002)

He got Sierna d'Oro (Arrivano dal mare 2008)

Founder of first Iranianian permanent theatre for children and young adult (1979) Founder of Bahman Cultural center (ex slaughter house) Founder of Iranian Artists Forum (ex Army center) Reviver of Iranian Opera and founder of Iranian marionette opera (2003): Rostam &Sohrab, Macbeth, Ashura, Rumi(Molawi)


  1. ^ Rubin, Don (1998). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Asia.  

External links

  • Flickr. Photo of Behrooz Gharibpour, Macbeth string puppet opera, 2007

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