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  • LIFT artists 2021

    Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright and theatre-maker, and the Artistic Director of Berlin based theatre company Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over 50 countries. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded multiple awards across theatre festivals worldwide. White Rabbit Red Rabbit had a 9 month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated actors like Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, Wayne Brady, F. Murray Abraham and Cynthia Nixon. By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had already been performed hundreds of times in more than a dozen languages.

    His most recent play NASSIM produced by the Bush Theatre in London premiered in August 2017 and won a Fringe First Award, followed by more than 300 shows in 12 languages across the world, including a five-month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated American actors.

    A retrospective of Soleimanpour’s plays was held at the Bush Theatre in 2017 under the title Nassimplays.

    While most theatres were shut due to a global pandemic, Nassim mentored 7 young playwrights to publish a book which could be read and performed at first sight around a fire. October 2020, produced by Boundless Theatre lit fires across the UK!

    On March 13th 2021, to mark the anniversary of theatres having to shut down around the world, White Rabbit Red Rabbit was performed in 120 venues around the world – from a prison in Mexico to a local theatre in Pakistan – at 8pm local time.

    Soleimanpour currently lives in Berlin with his beautiful wife and dog, and is busy finalising his new play for the audiobook platform Audible.

    Nassim Soleimanpour  is an artist participating in LIFT’s Concept Touring commissioning programme.