Naeim Jebelli is an Actor and Director, graduated from The Azad Art and Architecture University in Tehran. He has worked as a Professional Actor, Director, Stage Manager, Assistant Director and Project Manager in several theatrical projects, short films as well as TV series. Naeim currently lives and works in Canada where he founded Hashtpa Theatre Group in 2011 and has started to expand his professional activities.
Born in Bulgaria, Peter Batakliev made his stage debut at the age of 16. He joined the National Academy of Theatre and Film in Sofia, working in several professional companies. Peter left Bulgaria in 1990 to come to Canada and, after a few years of learning languages and moving to different cities he eventually settled in Montreal. As an actor he has been directed by Alexandre Marine several times and also by Wajdi Mouawad, Yves Desgagnés, Claude Poissant among many others. For his performance in Waiting for Godot at the Centaur Theatre, Peter was awarded the New-comer of the Year Award by the Circle of English criticism. As a director, he has brought to stage many plays, most notably; Peer Gynt, The Last Night of Socrates, as well as several shows with the Ondinnok Theater Company. Peter Batakliev teaches and conducts workshops at the National Theatre School of Canada, at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Quebec and the School of Theatre at UQAM.
Tzvetelina Jivcova holds a master of dramatic arts from the Bordeaux III University and a Master of International Administration from the National Public Administration school of Montreal. She has been in charge of communications and development (national and international) of several Theater, Dance and Visual Art Companies such as : Théâtre Décalage, Projet Mû, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Destins croisés, Farine orpheline etc. Tzvetelina has also completed a mandate of leadership in foreign affaires and intergovernmental relations within the ministry of culture and communications in Quebec. Moreover she served as the program officer in the field of Theatre, Literature, Circus and Multidisciplinary arts at the Quebec council of art and letters.
Born in Tehran, Naghmeh Sharifi is an Iranian (Canadian) artist. She studied at the University of British Columbia double majoring in Psychology and Visual Arts as well as L'ecole nationale superieure des beaux arts of Paris. In 2010 she completed a degree in Graphic Design to expand her creative field and since has worked extensively for various festivals, theater companies and non for profit organizations. She continues to paint and work on graphic design projects as her main passions.
Behnam Tajik studied Fine Arts at Azad Art & Architecture University in Tehran and graduated in 2005. He has had several individual and group painting exhibitions in Tehran. He gradually expanded his creative field and started to work as a professional Web and Graphic Designer as of 2001.
Mahzad Sharif Ahmadian
Mahzad has been a part of Hashtpa Productions since its very first days. She has worked as the assistant director and set director. Aside from artistic activities, she has years of experiences in social activities and charity works for children with cancer. She is currently pursuing her passion for social arts.
Born in Iran, Babak Jaez studied cinema in Tehran at Beh-Andish film School. Throughout his career in film production, he has worked extensively as a sound engineer. Babak has also experience in producing and directing ducumentary films.
Born in 1982, Pooria Pournazeri is the heir to a family of culture and music. With his parents teaching and crafting traditional musical instruments, he started playing the lute tanbour at the age of six. Four years later, he was introduced to Setar by Afshin Ramin. At fifteen, he taught his first course at a dedicated institute. In 1997, he won 3rd place in the vernacular music Festival of Young Musicians of Tehran. In 1998, he joined the well known Shams Ensemble, and toured throughout Iran. In 1999, Poorya began to explore the rich oral heritage of his country, that gave birth to new musical ideas. In 2000, he joined a rock band, Public Voice and began learning percussion and drums. Over the span of five years, he performed in several concerts in Tehran, Rasht, Isfahan and released the album; Scape from Darkness. In 2006, he began working on his first solo album Zhoor that combines elements of popular repertoire and Tanbour. In 2010, Hermes published his record label, immediately hailed by critics. "A valuable experience". Pooria is currently based in Montreal where he teaches Tanbour, Setar and Daf regularly. He has contributed to the Sufi-Yogi project and has composed for Shards, the new creation of the Constantinople Ensemble. His new album, Soo Soo, will be released shortly.
Sam Vafaei is a Montreal based composer, audio engineer, and producer. He holds a bachelor of music in composition from Dalhousie University, and a master of music in Sound Recording from McGill University. He's currently pursuing his second master's degree in Music Technology at McGill. So far in his career, Sam has worked with distinguished artists such as Alireza Ghorbani, Hossein Behroozinia, Pejman Hadadi, Parissa, Niyaz, and Grammy award nominee Hossein Alizadeh.
Sahar Homami is a graduate of Computation Arts program from Concordia University. Her passion is 3D and video art. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in 3D modelling, texturing and motion graphics design. She has been in a number of projects from creating video games to commercial videos for various artists and businesses. Currently she is working as a freelance 3D Artist/Motion Graphics Designer.
Parissa Mohit lives and works in Montréal. She studied stage design for four years before she started continuing her exploration in film animation. She believes that her experiences in set and theatre design have influenced her approach to film animation. She builds her imaginary worlds in different scales. That's where she gives life to her films. In 2010, her film « The man and the train won the Oboro-George-Laoun prize for the best short-film. She has also been the selected artist for the M.A.I. (Montreal arts interculturelles) long term mentorship in 2011 as well as the M.A.I and PRIM residency in 2011-2012.Official website