Art And Culture

Theater Artists Motaref, Zanjanpour to Be Honored

Maryam Motaref (L) and Akbar ZanjanpourMaryam Motaref (L) and Akbar Zanjanpour

The 5th City Theater Festival will honor two veteran theater artists Maryam Motaref and Akbar Zanjanpour at its closing ceremony on September 20.

Holding ceremonies to honor well-known artists involved in different fields of theater has become routine in the festival's past editions, and similarly will be held this year also, IRNA reported.

Motaref, 71, is a theater director, actor, instructor and costume designer who holds a master's degree in theater aesthetics from Paris-Sorbonne University in Paris. She has been involved in theater for over 50 years.

Last month she staged a puppet play for children titled 'Tales of Me, You, Rostam and Shahnameh' on Rostam's 'Seven Labors', as written in Ferdowsi's epic Shahnameh (Book of Kings), in simplified language for children.

Zanjanpour, 70, is a theater director, actor and instructor who graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. He has also been presented the first-class degree in art by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, which is equivalent to a doctoral degree.

He has acted in over 30 plays and directed works such as Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' and 'All My Sons', 'Anton Chekhov's 'Cherry Orchard', 'Three Sisters', 'The Seagull' and 'Ivanov', Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' and Henrik Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People,' among others.

Theater City Festival has previously paid tribute to actor Hossein Moheb Ahari,65, the late playwright and stage director Mahmoud Ostad Mohammad (1950-2013), actor Ali Nassirian, 81, playwright, director and actor Esmaeel Khalaj, 80, researcher, actor and director Davoud Daneshvar, 65, and the late actor Davoud Rashidi (1933-2016).

Earlier in May, Zanjanpour was honored at the 13th Actor’s Festival in Tehran along other theaters artists. The fifth round of the event will commence on September 12 in Tehran.