Torange Yeghiazarian

Torange has short grey and white hair. She smiles, while wearing a purple, shawl necked sweater.

Torange Yeghiazarian

She/Her/Hers
National Theater Project Advisor
playwright/director
Location: the unceded territories of the Chochenyo Ohlone peoples (Oakland, CA)

Biography

Torange (Toe-Range) Yeghiazarian is a playwright, director, and community-builder. In 1996, she founded Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East and its global diaspora and served as its Executive Artistic Director for the next twenty-five years, nurturing generations of Middle Eastern American talent through visionary programs such as ReOrient Festival of Short Plays, New Threads staged reading series, Fairytale Players youth outreach program, and What do the Women Say? showcasing the work of Middle Eastern women artists. At Golden Thread, she developed, directed, and produced numerous world premieres and launched pioneering new play development programs including Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative in partnership with Silk Road Rising and The Lark. To circumvent travel and visa restrictions of artists in the Middle East, in 2014 Torange devised Project Alo? teaming up US-based artists of Middle Eastern heritage with artists based in the Middle East to engage in a series of video dialogues created on their smartphones. Torange is a co-founder of Middle East North African Theater Makers Alliance (MENATMA), the first national organization advocating for the MENA theater community. She is a Fulbright Specialist and currently works as an independent artist and consultant.

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