Shabnam Toluie is an actress, theatre director and playwright. She is currently forbidden from working in Iran by the government because of her religion, the Bahá’í Faith. Since December 2004 she is living in Paris, France. She has studied in the field of filmmaking in Tehran, in Bagh-Ferdos Film School and has her B.A. in Theatre Studies from Université Paris X, Nanterre, France. She has been writing short stories for cultural magazines since 1990, acting on stage since 1993, and writing plays since 1994. Since 2002 she has also taught the bio-mechanic method and acting for camera at Kranameh cultur and Art Training Institute in Tehran.