Hamed Zahmatkesh is an award-winning puppeteer and thespian from Tehran, Iran.

Born in 1980, Zahmatkesh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Issues Management and has studied under Professor Christel Hofman of the Academy of Theatre Pedagogy in Germany and Kourosh Asadollahi, an accomplished actor and graduate of the Art University in London for Children and Young Adult Theatre.

An accomplished artist, Zahmatkesh has been actively involved in children and young adult theatre since 1995, where has directed, performed, designed and written dozens of children’s plays and TV shows. He is the founder of Red Fish, a theatrical group founded in 2006 that marked a significant new phase in his artistic career and has garnered him numerous awards at domestic and international art festivals.

Zahmatkesh is most noted for his virtuosity in puppetry, creating well-loved and popular plays such as Kompanie Aroosaki (Company of Puppets), Gav (Cow), and Millionha Labkhand (Million Smiles). Gav in particular has been performed at the AGORA Festival in Belgium in 2008 as well as the Tropen Theatre in Amsterdam and Inser Summer in Germany the following year. Thereafter, he was attached to Kitz Company in Germany as an actor between 2009 and 2011.

Zahmatkesh is a board member of the Children and Young Adults Theatre Community in the Iranian Theatre Forum, a position he has held since 2005. He is currently employed at Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Iran’s national broadcaster, as a TV host in children’s programmes, apart from being a consultant and technical expert at the Milad Tower international conference centre.