Born in Mashad, Iran, Mahdi Mohammadi moved to Kabul with his family when he was 11 years old (not long after the events of September 11, 2001). He attended the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University, majoring in Theatre and Film Direction. With fellow graduates, he co-founded Papyrus Theatre Company which was supported by grants from the World Bank, the British Council and other sponsors to create theatre projects advocating for women’s rights. Papyrus Theatre won first prize at the 7th Afghan National Theatre Festival and toured to India, Sweden and neighbouring countries.
In Australia, Mahdi has been a member of the PYT Fairfield Ensemble (co-devising and performing in Team Australia and Suburbist). He was also a devisor-performer for PYT’s Tribunal (seen at Griffin Theatre, Fairfield School of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Festival/Carriageworks and Sydney Opera House, as well as Arts House in Melbourne). When not making theatre, Mahdi is a sub-contractor, organising teams of bricklayers, and laying them himself.