Vahdat Yeganeh, Founder/Artistic Director
Iranian born Vahdat is the founder of Boston Experimental Theatre Company (B.E.T.) Currently Vahdat is studying and practicing the philosophy of ‘DIALOGUE AMONG CIVILIZATIONS in theatre, creating an environment for American, Iranian and Jewish artists to develop cultural and psychoanalytic dialogue among each other and spectators. Vahdat has created two new plays from “SHAHNAMEH: the Persian Book of Kings” (the Tale of ZAHHAK), and (the First King), as well as Sadegh Hedayat’s “Blind Owl”, and produced and directed the first American-Iranian co-production: “Creatures”.
Some of Mr. Yeganeh’s other experiences in theatre include producing and directing Antonin Artaud’s “Spurt of Blood” and “To Have Done with the Judgment of God“, Albert Camus’ “The Misunderstanding“, Walter Davis’ “There Is Another Court”, Friedrick Durrenmatt’s “Play Strindberg: Dance of death”, which won him the best directing award from KCACTF (2007), working as the production Manager and associate director for the Children Theatre Company in Boston (CTC), and directing Afshin Hashemi’s “The Most Honest Murderer of the World” (Iran, 2000). Vahdat also worked with The University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMASS Boston), Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP), Boston University (BU), American Repertory Theatre (Harvard), Nora Theatre-Underground Railway Theatre (CST), Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company, and Odyssey Opera.
Additionally, Vahdat has worked on several films as an actor and producer. His last film project as a co-producer (Over There) was featured at Cannes Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and won the best prize Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki International film festival for the best future movie (2008).
Robert Lublin (Dramaturge)
Robert Lublin holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He regularly offers classes in theatre history, dramatic literature, and acting, and he directs productions. Most recently, he directed Charles Mee’s Big Love. Dr. Lublin has been BET’s dramaturgue since it’s inception.
Jared Wright (actor/art director/associate producer)
Jared is an actor, writer and teacher from Boston. He has previously worked with BET as an Art Director and Actor. His studies of philosophy, theater theory and acrobatics drive his dedication to The Boston Experimental Theater, and he is excited to continue studying and growing with the company. His productions with BET include “Blind Owl”, “The Apartment”, “Zahhak: A Play from the Persian Book of Kings”, “Creatures”, “Spurt of Blood”, “The Misunderstanding,” and “There is Another Court”. His other credits include “Orestes,”(MMAS) “The Painter” (Ja Vivico), “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” (Arsenal Center for the Arts), “The Shape of Things”, “The Mousetrap”, “All in the Timing” and “Wit or Without You” (UMASS BOSTON). Jared currently works and studies at Harvard Kennedy School.
Deniz Khateri (actor/playwright)
Deniz Khateri is excited to be back with BETC ,having previously performed in “Blind Owl”, “Shahnameh”, and “The Apartment”. Born and raised in Iran, she has taken her career as a theater artist to a different level by moving to the states in 2013. Recent Boston credits include: “Informed consent”, “Hamlet” (as Ophelia), and “The sonic life of a Giant Tortoise” (Apollinaire theatre company), “Midnight zoo” (Puppet showplace theater), “Arabian Nights” (Central square theater). She also teaches workshops on theater and creativity
Donya Hosseinpooly (actor/director/designer)
Very happy and excited for her first collaboration with BET, Iranian born and raised Ms. Donya Hosseinpooly is a playwright, actor, director and stage designer since 2003 (Iran). Donya also studied Psychodrama, and Persian Classical Dance, and is strongly influenced by the physical theatre of Gerzy Grotowski, and the psychological theatre of Antonin Artaud.Additionally, she has been working for children theatre companies for the past 10 years, using theater for the early childhood development. Ms. Hosseinpooli has won the best stage design, and the best production for her adaptation of “King Lear” (2011, Tehran).
Born and raised in Iran, Bahar is founder, composer and co-producer of the “CANVASOUNDS COLLECTIVE”. Bahar’s previous productions with BET include “Blind Owl”, “The Apartment”, “Zahhak: A Play from the Persian Book of Kings”, and “The First King: A Play from the Persian book of Kings”. Her other credits include “Orestes”(MMAS),“Red-Breasted swallows in Blueberry land”, and the movie “ICE CREAM”. Bahar has also collaborated with “MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN” as a composer and sound designer, and is a graduated music composer/pianist from Berklee College of Music (2014) where she had received the first recipient of ” The Walter W.Harp Music and Society award”, and “John Bavicci Memorial Prize“, and became vice president of“SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS”, and vice president of “OPERA IMAGINARIUM”. Ms. Royaee is currently continuing her studies in composition at Boston Conservatory.
Rick Chason is a poet, playwright, actor, singer, composer, and critic living in Somerville. As a Boston-area actor, Rick has recently appeared in DREAM with the Atlantis Playmakers, the One Minute Play Festival with the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and J.A.S.O.N. with Office of War Information (Bureau of Theatre). Rick studies English, Theatre, Creative Writing, and Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), where he has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Lysistrata, The Seagull, and Urinetown. UMass also staged his short play This is Not a Play and will stage more of his plays this year. Rick reviews theater for My Theatre (Boston) at myentertainmentworld.ca. He is ecstatic to join the BETC, a company he’s been a fan of for years, and being a creative members of “Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings“, “Blind Owl”, and “The Apartment”.
Chris Cooke (founding member/musician/webmaster)
Originally from Philadelphia, drummer Chris Cooke has been an active performer on the Boston Jazz Scene since 1998 performing with Jeff Galindo, John Lockwood, Timo Shanko, James Merenda, Rusty Scott, Ken Clarke, Andy Voelker, Noah Jarrett among others. He is founding member of the critically acclaimed jazz group Gypsy Schaeffer, a member of renowned saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase’s group The Explorer’s Club and was a member of the Matt Murphy’s house band The Wild Sextet.
With a jazz performance degree from Berklee College of Music Chris is also an accomplished jazz educator, founder of LearnJazzFaster.com and author of “The Monster Jazz Formula” and “The Monster Jazz Manifesto.”
Chris made his theatre debut as actor and musician in the 2009 BET production Crying Deer.