Hamid Dehghani, an accomplished director, playwright, and actor, originates from Buraki-ye Olya, a village in southern Iran. Throughout his career in Iran, Hamid earned numerous awards and accolades for his work in the theatre. Some of his noteworthy productions include his original scripts, From the Environs of Milad and Sohrab’s Transgression, as well as productions of Nathan and Tabileth by Barry Bermange and Leila by Morteza Hossein Zadeh.

After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Directing from Tehran University of Art, Hamid spent over a decade contributing to Tehran’s vibrant theatre scene. In 2018, he relocated to the United States to further his education and explore new opportunities.

While at Northwestern University, Hamid directed memorable productions such as A Moment of Silence by Mohammad Yaghoubi, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph. He also had the honor of working as an assistant director at esteemed institutions like the Metropolitan Opera, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

In spite of the challenges posed by the 2020 pandemic, Hamid co-founded Grass Studio Theatre and directed three collectively devised pieces – Picnic, Story in a Box, and Reportage of a Room – at various outdoor locations in Chicago.

As a growing professional in the field, Hamid seeks to contribute his unique perspective to the American theatre landscape. With an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and experience as an Artistic Fellow at Northlight Theatre, he is dedicated to nurturing fresh and engaging narratives through his productions. As a director, Hamid draws on his personal experiences to provide a distinct vision and creative approach to the stage, while thoughtfully challenging theatrical conventions and exploring the industry’s boundaries. His most recent project, Baba by Denmo Ibrahim at Amphibian Stage, demonstrates his genuine aspiration to help theatre evolve and reach new heights.

As the 2024/2025 season approaches, Hamid feels grateful for the opportunity to direct shows at Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, and Northlight Theatre. He intends to remain true to his vision while respectfully questioning conventions, aiming to captivate audiences through innovative storytelling and direction.







Hamid Dehghani

Theatre Director and Playwright