Farokh Soltani | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Dr Farokh Soltani , BA, MA, PhD, AFHEA

Job title

Lecturer in Writing for Broadcast Media and Performance

Profile

I am a pedagogue, researcher, and writer. At Central, I teach the theory and practice of writing for film and performance at BA and MA level, and also support the second year MFA Writing programme. I have also taught a range of subjects as a visiting lecturer at Central, Wimbledon College of Arts, and Mountview Academy.

My practical background is in writing, filmmaking, and sound design. Before moving to the UK, I worked in television in my native Iran, writing and contributing ideas to a range of programmes, including the hit sitcom Mosaferan (2009). I also designed sound and music for theatre – Leev Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) a prominent example – and co-wrote, co-directed, and created sound for three award-winning short films. The multiple strands of this interdisciplinary history connected to create my doctoral research project, which drew from sound design practices and the philosophical school of phenomenology to critique conventions of British radio dramaturgy.                                                     

My teaching, research and practice are all directed toward understanding and utilising the basic structures of the experience of dramatic worlds – the somewhat theoretically-neglected phenomenon of drama itself. My research draws from phenomenology – in particular, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty – to comprehend the conditions for the possibility of dramatic experience, and attempts to shift the grounds for understanding drama from an Aristotelian framework to an existentialist one. This also finds its way into my pedagogy: my focus in teaching writing is on the creation of not just characters and events, but entire worlds.

Courses

Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, BA

Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, MA/MFA

Other Details

Teaching Areas

  • Writing for film and performance
  • Dramaturgy
  • Sound and aurality
  • Performance theory and philosophy
  • Post-colonial theatre and performance

Research Areas

  • Radio drama
  • Podcast dramaturgy
  • Psychology of writing
  • Existential phenomenology and drama
  • Aristotelian poetics
  • Non-Western histories of drama
  • Performance and borderlands

PHD Supervision

  • Radio and audio drama
  • Sound and aurality
  • Phenomenology of drama
  • Writing for media

Key Publications

Soltani, F. (2018) “Inner Ears and Distant Worlds: Podcast Dramaturgy and the Theatre of the Mind” in D. Llinares, N. Fox and R. Berry, ed. Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 189-208.

Practice

2018. Script editor, The Bitter Sea (Short film funded by London Calling Plus. Winner, Best Drama, The Smalls Short Film Festival 2018).

2016. Script editor, Chandra (Short film. Special Mention, Dhaka International Film Festival).

2014. Script editor. One Thousand and One Teardrops (Short animated documentary. Winner, Best Short Film, London Feminist Film Festival.

2009. Writer. Mosaferan (Sitcom, IRIB 3).

2007. Co-writer, co-director, sound designer. Monologue C-473 (Short film. Winner, Special Jury Prize for music at Nahal Film Festival).

2006. Co-director, co-writer, sound designer. Mr M at the Centre of the World (Short film. Winner, Audience Choice Award at Nahal Film Festival.

2005. Co-director, co-writer, sound designer. The Project (Short film. Winner, Special Jury Prize, 23rd Tehran International Film Festival).

Register of Interest

Nothing to declare.

Website

www.soltani.cc

E-mail

Farokh.Soltani@cssd.ac.uk

Twitter

@farokhsoltani