Saman Arastou, born 1967 in Shahrud (Iran). Actor, playwright and director. In 1983 he founded the »Avaye Divanegan« theatre group with whom he has produced numerous plays. Board member (1988-91) of Shahrud’s Association of Performing Art. In 1996 he played his first theatre role in Tehran in the play »Ashab kahf« (The Seven Sleepers)«, directed by Nureddin Ostovar. This was followed by further roles, for example in the television series » Sofreh Aghd« (»Wedding Table«), and collaborations with various theatre and film directors (including Hamed Mohammad Taheri, Narges Hashempour, Asghar Farhadi, Masoud Kimiai and Tahmineh Milani).