B i o g r a p h y

Sensational storytelling. Artistic Director. Collaborator. Choreographer. Wanderer.


My entire life I have been imagining other worlds. Invariably my work perceives a struggle against boundaries, real and imagined. There is often darkness - I hope to laugh in it.  


I create stories through emotional immersion, and experimental movement. I love collaborating with other inspiring individuals. I've been doing this for awhile now.

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With a predilection for finding the human element in folkloric characters, Djahari often begins by delving into the traditions of ancient cultures to pull out the invisible thread that connects us all. With a background in theater arts, Classical Persian Ballet, and Middle Eastern Dance, she weaves the aesthetics of the beautiful and grotesque to create sensational theater. 


Djahari studied at Will Geer Theater’s Academy of the Classics (’86 – ’91), led by a repertory of renowned theater professionals specializing in techniques of Voice, Movement, and Text.  She earned her BA in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at UCLA in 1996, and enhanced her theater endeavors with continuous training in various dance mediums, with an emphasis in Middle Eastern Dance, and Classical Persian Ballet. 


Her expertise in theater and movement has taken her all over the world performing and teaching workshops. She has worked with such companies as The Hidden Room Theater (Austin Chronicle’s Top Ten Theatrical Wonders), Burning Galileo Productions (Eastman Kodak sponsored film at Cannes 2004), Ya!Helewa Dance Company, and was a principle dancer for 10 years in Abdollah Nazemi’s Pars National Ballet Company. 


In 1999, Djahari founded Desert Sin as a means of merging her love of theater and dance with an “outside the box” approach. An experimental Middle Eastern Dance company that combined social commentary, intricate story telling, puppetry, and more, Desert Sin made a name for itself around the world.


Djahari has produced, directed, and choreographed many productions including "Musée des Femmes” (2004, 2005, 2008), “Sita’s Fire” (2006), “Twitchers” (2009), "Sex and Taboo" (2010), “Winter in the Woods” (2011) , "The Ballad Tree" (2014 WIP), and "Cloud Cuckooland" (2016) in such venues as Hollywood’s Ivar Theater, Henry Fonda Theater, House of Yes, Galapagos Art Space, Bushwick Starr, and Zipper Factory Theater where “Musée” was invited for an 8-month off-Broadway run in 2008. In 2015, she completed two different Work-In-Progress Performance Residencies at Dixon Place in NYC.

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