Amir Reza Koohestani was born in June 8th, 1978 in Shiraz, Iran. He was 16 when he began to publish short stories in local newspapers. Attracted to cinema, he took courses in directing and cinematography in 1995 and created two unfinished films. After a brief experience as performer, he devoted his time to write his first plays: "And The Day Never Came" (1999), which was never performed and "The Murmuring Tales" (2000) which received attracted critical acclaim in Tehran, during the 18th International Fadjr Theatre Festival.
With his third play, "Dance On Glasses" (2001), in tour for four years, Amir Reza Koohestani gained international notoriety and found the support of several European theatrical artistic directors and festivals. Then followed the plays "Recent Experiences" (from the original text by Canadians writers Nadia Ross and Jacob Wren, 2003) ; "Amid The Clouds" (2005) ; "Dry Blood & Fresh Vegetables" (2007) and "Quartet: A Journey North" (2008), all of them successfully welcomed in Europe.
Amir Reza Koohestani was also commissioned by the Schauspielhaus in Koln, where he wrote and staged "Einzelzimmer" (2006), and by the Nouveau Théâtre de Besançon, with Japanese director Oriza Hirata and French director Sylvain Maurice, to create the play "Des Utopies ?" (2009) on tour in France and Japan. After two years of studies in Manchester, Amir Reza Koohestani returned back to Tehran in July 2009 and created the play "Where Were You On January 8th?", which has been on tour in Europe, Brazil, Japan…
In October 2011, despite finishing his military service, Amir Reza Koohestani created the adaptation of "Ivanov" by Anton Chekhov, successfully staged in Tehran for several weeks.
In February 2012, the movie "Modest Reception", which script was co-written by Koohestani and Mani Haghighi - actor and film director - wins the Netpac Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012. In September 2012, he created the performance "The Fourth Wall", adapted from the play "England" by Tim Crouch which was presented a hundred times in an art gallery in Tehran.
For 2013, Festival actoral in Marseille (France) has commissioned Koohestani to write and stage a new play, "Timeloss".
Amir Reza Koohestani is the first director to won two consecutive award for the “Best theatre production of the year” in Iran ("Ivanov", 2011 and "The Fourth Wall", 2012).