Lecture Series in Fine Arts
Transcending Cultural & Political Borders in Theatre
Thursday, March 18 at 12:30pm
Free Zoom Lecture
Artistic Director, Modern Times Stage Theatre
Soheil is an award-winning director, writer, dramaturg and teacher, whose professional theatre career spans thirty years and two continents. In his native Iran, Soheil completed studies in Theatre Performance at the University of Tehran. Arriving in Canada with his family in 1984, Soheil completed a second Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at York University and then went on to establish Modern Times Stage Company, one of the most innovating theatre companies in Canada.
Soheil’s own work at Modern Times has been recognized with six Dora Mavor Moore Awards and a number of international prizes and master class requests. In 2007 and 2010 he was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. In 2013, Soheil was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution as a theatre artist to Canadian society. In 2015, he was named as the best director at the Toronto Theatre Critics awards.
As the artistic director and director of all Modern Times Stage Company’s productions in the past 31 years, Soheil will talk about his theatrical aesthetic and the company’s beliefs, core values and philosophy.
Free and open to the public | Capacity is limited to 500 Zoom connections
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About the Orion Fund
Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.
The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.