Azar Kazemi is the founding artistic director at The Blind Owl, a socially-charged theatre where the political and personal collide. She most recently directed the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green’s dirty butterfly in co-production with Halcyon Theatre. Some of Azar’s Chicago directing credits include: the mid-west premiere of Jack’s Precious Moment by Samuel D. Hunter, Crave by Sarah Kane, and The Coming World by Christopher Shinn. She is a graduate of DePaul University’s MFA Directing program and currently teaches at DePaul as an adjunct professor of theatre arts. Her classes include: Race and Ethnicity on the American Stage, Gender and Sexuality on Stage, and World of the Theatre. Azar has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Victory Gardens, Silk Road Rising, American Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. In New York City Azar worked at The New Group where she assistant directed three Off-Broadway productions, two under the direction of her mentor Ethan Hawke.