Azar Mortazavi was born in Wittlich/Rhineland Palatinate and studied Creative Writing and Arts Journalism in Hildesheim. In 2008 she took part in the international Festival Of Young European Playwrights in Utrecht. For her play ‘Todesnachricht’ (“Death Notice”) (world premiere 2011 Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern) she was awarded the Else Lasker-Schüler Playwriting Prize for 2010. In 2011 her short play ‘Himmel und Hölle’ (“Heaven and Hell”) was invited to the inaugural Karlsruhe Playwriting Festival at the Baden State Theatre in Karslruhe.
In 2012 she was awarded the WIENER WORTSTAETTEN’s Exile Dramatist Prize. With her second play ‘Ich wünsch mir eins’ (“I have one wish”) (world premiere 2012, Theater Osnabrück, director: Annette Pullen) Azar Mortazavi was invited to the Mülheimer Theatertagen and the Autorentheatertagen Berlin 2013. In 2014 ‘Urteile’ (“Judgements”), a documentary theatre project about the victims of the NSU in Munich created in collaboration with the director Christine Umpfenbach, was premiered at the Residenztheater in Munich.
Her play ‘Zwischenzeit’ (“Meantime”), a WIENER WORTSTAETTEN commission, received its world premiere in 2014 at the Nestroyhof Hamakom Theatre in Vienna. Azar Mortazavi‘s work with the Ballhaus Naunynstraße has concluded the stage adapation of Aboud Saeed’s ‘The Cleverest Person on Facebook’. She was also responsible for the text of the youth play ‘Revolution of Colour’, based on the novel ‘Kara Günlük – Sesperado’s Secret Diaries’ by Mutlu Ergün-Hamaz. This play was invited to the 2017 Theatertreffen der Jugend.