Darvag Arts Foundation

Berkeley, CA

Mission

The Darvag Theater Group was founded in Berkeley in 1985 with the dual mission of exploring creative expression in theater arts and maintaining a vital living connection with the group's Iranian heritage. Darvag is organized as an artists' collective governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of participating artists.

Darvag’s repertoire consists of contemporary Iranian works, new plays by group members, and Farsi translations of classic and contemporary works from other languages.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Zahra Mahloudji

Main address

763 Contra Costa Ave

Berkeley, CA 94707 USA

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EIN

94-3202809

NTEE code info

(Theater) (A65)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our dual mission is to explore creative expression in theater arts and to maintain a vital living connection with the group's Iranian heritage.

Our programming and goals are determined by our active members as we are an artist collective.

Darvag’s repertoire consists of contemporary Iranian works, new plays by group members, and Farsi translations of classic and contemporary works from other languages. In 1994, Darvag received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for the presentation of its first bilingual production, What Is Fatima Going To Do With Her Hair? and Image is Everything! In 1997 Darvag continued its exploration in bilingual programming with Zara Houshmand's production of Bijan Mofid's children's play, The Butterfly, with performances at the Asian Art Museum and the Randall Museum. Remembering the Unforgettable by Hossein Khosrowjah in 1998 was Darvag's first original play in English, exploring the lives of exiles and their emotional ties to political prisoners.

In 1999 Darvag translated (into English) and staged Bahram Beyzai's "The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad" collaborating with the Shotgun Players, an established East Bay theatre company. With these plays Darvag continued to reach beyond its Farsi speaking audience to establish a bridge to a larger community while continuing to stage plays in the Farsi language.

There have been over forty Darvag productions, half of which have been original works by group members.

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Darvag Arts Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/7/2016
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Board chair

Bella Ramazan-Nia