Arvand Dashtaray is a well-known Iranian theatre professional who has influenced the development of independent theatre in Iran. In 2002 he established Virgule TC and built his own theatre, the Hafez theatre, which is now one of the most vibrant theatres in Teheran. In his most recent work issues like identity, cultural diversity and migration are addressed. Dashtaray uses the concept of “theatre” in his work when presenting these issues. Together with his Dutch wife and actor Marene van Holk, he developed the project “Reconsider Your Image of Me”. He regularly collaborates with the Dutch dramaturg Cecile Brommer, known for her independent style and a member of a.o. the Dutch Theatre jury.